An Open Letter to Our Kids
To our sons, daughters, grandchildren, and other kids we love and care for:
We love food. Food has the power to bring people together, fuel our bodies, and take us to distant places to explore other cultures. Food is everywhere. It’s emotional. It’s memories. It’s our foundation.
So guess what? We get upset when we learn that other adults and companies spread messages that are wrong and fill your head with self doubt. This includes messages that tell you to go on a diet, you need to look a certain way, or that you need to track every thing you eat.
We want you to know we’ve got your back. We believe in you. We’re looking out for you. We want you to grow up to be a happy eater and a healthy kid. It’s possible and we’re here to help you get there!
This is how we’re going to support you today, tomorrow and beyond:
We promise to help you learn to read your own body and understand the power of food to your mind, body and soul.
We promise to respect your hunger and fullness cues. We will not force you to finish your plate.
We will celebrate bodies of all shapes and sizes.
We promise to move away from food policing to eating in moderation. Nothing is off limits. All foods fit. It's about balance.
We will provide you with nutritious food that tastes good, and that will help your body and your brain grow.
We acknowledge that some kids are treated differently because of their weight. We will continue to fight against those bullies and reject all forms of weight teasing.
We acknowledge that a lot of the time, what you eat is out of your control. It depends on what your family can provide, what your school serves, what circumstances you live in, and which caregivers are around.
We will continue to work for a society where childcare is affordable, family dinners are possible, healthy foods are accessible, and neighborhoods have safe playgrounds that encourage you to be active outside.
We promise to let you be a kid. We have a big role to play for you to grow up to eat happy and be healthy. We’re here to make it happen and support the adults in your life to be good to you.
We are a group of pediatricians, public health experts, dietitians, lactation consultants, and parents. This is our promise to you.
Maria Rivera, MD MPH and Co-Founder of Foublie
Melissa Antal, MBA MPH and Co-Founder of Foublie
Lauren Cherry, MS, RD, LDN, CDE
Teresa Wong, RD, CNSC, CLT
Annika Crossley, RDN
Katherine Franz, RD
Julie Bendix MPH RD CLC LDN
Kim Lyons, RD, Mom of 3
Rachel Hochstadt MA RD CSP CDN
Ajlan Al Zaki, MD, PhD, dad of 1
Tammy Au-France, Mom,Grandma
Katie Helle - Mom
Shana Cables RD and mom
Lily Smith, mother of two and ED survivor
Deanna Barry DO, pediatrician, BS degree in Nutritional Sciences, and mother of two
Krista Colletti MD
Ashley Homrich, RD, LDN
Hannah Sneska, MS, RDN
Parisa A. Khorsandi MD, Pediatrician, Mom of 3 teens
Michelle Rook MD, pediatric gastroenterologist and mom of 2
Rachel Tran MOM of 2 young Girls and recovered ED addict
Sarah Broschart, RD
Megan Rae, MSW
Angela Marks, MS, RD, LD
Melanie Staehelin, CNM
Rebecca Ganetzky, MD, DABP, Parent
Rachel Yang MD
Kristy Webb, RD, Mom
Elizabeth Vinelli, MD
Marie Arrington, way too supportive Mom of this initiative
Sara Siddiqui MD FAAP, ABOM Diplomat
Paula R - mom
Stephanie Darby, RD, LD, mom of 2
Cate Mackenzie, MD, BScNursing, mom
Ed Antal, father of well adjusted child
Theresa Moutafis, RD, Mom
Isabel Reckson, RD, CDE
Calysta Priddy, RD
Sandra Magnusen, mother, nanny
Nahid Alhaj, RD LD CSP CNSC
Alyssa Wilson, RD, Mom of 1
Cora Best PhD, RD
Ilona Martin, RD & Mom
Sophia Yen, MD MPH, CEO/Co-Founder
Katie Bird, Mom of 2, ED survivor and advocate
Jennifer Davis, MD, FAAP pediatrician and mom of 2
Haley Jenkins, RD
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