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S3E12: Guiding Your Child's Relationship with Food: From Picky Eating to Eating Disorders

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In this episode, Dr. Orla Walsh and the hosts delve into the world of children's eating habits. They explore the common issue of picky eating, sharing personal anecdotes and tips for encouraging diverse diets without pressure. They highlight the importance of patience, small portions, and involving kids in meal prep to cultivate adventurous eaters. The discussion shifts to the challenges faced by Generation Z, including the impact of social media, the pandemic, and societal pressures on eating disorders. Strategies for recognizing and addressing these disorders are provided, along with insights on the rising rates of obesity among youth and the influence of genetics, socioeconomic factors, and the environment.

 Dr. Orla Walsh is an Adolescent Medicine and General Paediatrician in Children’s Health Ireland at Temple Street and Connolly. She is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer with RCSI and an Assistant Clinical Professor in Women& Children & Health with UCD. She completed a 2 year Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and then worked as an Adolescent Medicine Paediatrician and developed an Academic Division of Adolescent Medicine at North York General Hospital, and as Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto.

 Since returning to Ireland she has contributed to the recently launched National Guidance Document on the Management of Anorexia Nervosa in Paediatric Patients, and hopefully soon to be launched National Framework on the Transition of Care from Paediatric to Adult Services. She currently works half time as an Adolescent Medicine Paediatrician within General Paediatrics in CHI where she runs a weekly adolescent clinic and provides an inpatient consult service. The other half of her job is developing and delivering the new service for adolescents with complex obesity in CHI, including the establishment of a transition pathway to adult services.


Resources mentioned in the show:

Bodywhys | The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland

Bodywhys | Free Pilar Programme for Families

Bodywhys | Free Resource - A Guide for Families

Healthy eating for families - HSE.ie





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