by John McDevitt
Food is no substitute for a big hug. Fast forward fifteen years to the image of a confused, obese teenager, sitting alone hugging a huge bag of chips for comfort and company. It can happen when parents substitute food for love.
Strong emotions and food don’t mix. Fighting and forcing your toddler to eat new, unfamiliar food is the flip side of using food as reward and comfort. Neither work and both develop unhealthy attitudes that can warp a child’s eating habits for life.