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Supporting Children (and Families) With Weight Concerns: It's Not Just the Pizza Rolls

This webinar will address safe, evidence-based responsive strategies and practical tips to help families and clinicians promote healthy eating patterns and prevent disordered eating behaviors through a weight-neutral, culturally-sensitive lens.

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This webinar was presented live on December 7, 2020.

A child’s lived experiences can positively or negatively impact their ability to self-regulate. As a result, some children may experience weight dysregulation. Practitioners must be aware of and elicit pertinent medical, developmental, trauma and feeding or dieting history, and how they can impact a child’s relationship with food and their bodies into adulthood. Despite recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics to avoid discussions with children about dieting and weight in order to do no harm, it remains a focal point of conversation in many healthcare settings, communities, and in the media. This presentation will address safe, evidence-based responsive strategies and practical tips to help families and clinicians promote healthy eating patterns and prevent disordered eating behaviors in children through a weight-neutral, culturally-sensitive lens.

CPEU: 1.5
CPE Level: 2
Performance Indicators: 1.3.1, 10.2.1, 2.1.6

Learning Objectives

  1. Acknowledge childhood experiences and environmental factors that may impact a child’s ability to self-regulate intake.
  2. Identify current recommendations and guidelines for monitoring growth and discussing weight with children and adolescents.
  3. Synthesize language and practical tips to guide parents, coaches, and healthcare professionals in helping children (re)discover internal cues to move towards a more positive relationship with food and their bodies.


Leslie Schilling, MA, RDN, CSSD, CEDRD-S, CSCS
Schilling Nutrition LLC

Through her years as a dietitian and nutrition therapist, Leslie has had the privilege to practice in many settings including research, infant nutrition, general pediatrics, collegiate and professional sports facilities, and eating disorder treatment centers. In addition, she focuses her own private practice on counseling families, those of all ages with disordered eating issues, and professional athletes and performers. With her warm, compassionate, and entertaining personality, Leslie been featured in media outlets like Health, Women’s Health, Self, Pregnancy Magazine, The Yoga Journal, BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, USNews, and on HGTV. 

Leslie owns Schilling Nutrition LLC, a private nutrition therapy and wellness coaching business that focuses on Intuitive Eating, weight-neutral, and non-diet approaches to health and performance. When she’s not counseling, reading, writing, cooking, or hiking with her family; you can find Leslie using her social media channels and speaking platforms to deliver science-based, non-diet messages with a dash of humor. Her most recent endeavor was creating and co-authoring the book Born to Eat.

Katja Rowell, MD
Family Feeding Dynamics

Katja Rowell is a graduate of the University of Michigan medical school and served as a family physician in urban, rural, and university student health settings. During her time in practice, she was struck by the prevalence of disordered eating and feeding, and related health problems. Rowell believes establishing a healthy feeding relationship – in essence – HOW children are fed is the missing piece in addressing disordered eating and weight dysregulation.

Described as “academic, but warm and down-to-earth,” Dr. Rowell teaches the importance of a healthy feeding relationship to health care providers, family therapists and childcare staff and consults with corporate clients, nutrition education and public health providers. She has appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Betty Crocker Blog, Parents Magazine, Kare 11 TV, Brain Child Magazine, The Utne Reader, Twin Cities Live and Mommy MD Guides, among others. Her writing has appeared in LiveWell Digest, Huffington Post Parenting blogs, New Moon Girls Magazine, and Adoptive Families Magazine.

Release Date: December 7, 2021


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