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Food Fights: Winning the Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood Armed With Insight, Humor, and a Bottle of Ketchup Paperback – February 7, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics; Second Edition edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581105851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581105858
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Presents a no-fuss approach to helping young children develop the healthy eating habits that will see them through a lifetime. Its delightful tone makes it a joy to read and refer to, over and over again."  —Elizabeth M. Ward, MS, RD, author, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Feeding Your Baby and Toddler 


 "Food Fights makes it clear that raising children who are healthy eaters requires good role models for healthy eating. The tips provided throughout the book make it easy for parents to be those healthy role models." —Connie Diekman, M.Ed, RD, LD, FADA, Nutrition Consultant 


"Drs. Jana and Shu know their stuff! Their clever book and sound advice will help you and your kids eat, drink…. AND be merry!"
—Harvey Karp, MD, FAAP, author, DVD/book, The Happiest Toddler on the Block


"Another fantastic guide from Drs. Jana and Shu! Food Fights helps parents find a realistic middle ground between what their child should be eating and what their child is actually willing to consume." – Lisa Singer Moran, former executive editor, Baby Talk magazine


Food Fights should be mandatory reading for anyone responsible for feeding an infant, toddler, or young child. In their characteristically easy-to-read, humorous fashion, these two pediatrician moms have created the perfect tool to help parents and caregivers instill healthy eating habits, avoid temper tantrums, dodge flying vegetables and, above all else, maintain a healthy attitude toward the nutritional challenges of parenthood!”—Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, editor in chief, The Wonder Years and editorial board advisor, Healthy Children Magazine


“The authors of Food Fights have done a great job! This book will go far in continuing to help parents lay the ground work for excellent nutrition.” 
—Sandra G. Hassink, MD, FAAP, editor of A Parent's Guide to Childhood Obesity, A Road Map to Health, and Director of the Weight-Management Program at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE


“Encouraging, compassionate, and clear for its compelling nutrition messages, this book will be a comprehensive source of information for any parent trying to guide their children to healthy eating habits and lives. I especially like how the up-to-date nutrition information is translated into real life situations.” — Connie Guttersen, RD, PhD, author, The Sonoma Diet


Food Fights gives thorough, practical, fun-to-read advice for parents as they tackle some of parenthood’s most difficult challenges.”—Claire McCarthy, MD, pediatrician, Children’s Hospital of Boston; pediatrics instructor, Harvard Medical School; and contributing editor, Parenting Magazine

About the Author

MD, FAAP

Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP is a pediatrician, author, and national health communicator. Having co-founded The Dr. Spock Company in 1999, Dr. Jana has been actively involved in national parenting media for over a decade and is the co-author of Heading Home with Your Newborn (AAP) and Food Fights (AAP). She now lives with her husband and 3 children in Omaha, Nebraska where she also owns and operates an educational child care center called Primrose School of Legacy.

Dr. Jana is a member of the AAP's Executive Committee for Early Education and Child Care, part of Dr. Nancy Snyderman's BeWell/LLuminari Expert Network, an early literacy advocate for Reach Out and Read and co-founder of Amazing Me Books, a certified child passenger safety technician, and a consultant to several corporate, academic, and government organizations on a broad range of topics related to the health and well-being of children. She is also on the Advisory Board for American Baby magazine and the Walt Disney Internet Group, has appeared nationally on shows including NPR's The Parent's Journal, the Today show, CNN's Nancy Grace, ABC News, and Fox, and is well recognized as Omaha's parenting expert for her local NBC affiliate.

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP is a pediatrician, author and mother in Atlanta. As the medical editor for HealthyChildren.org, she serves as an expert on parenting issues and provides oversight and direction for site in conjunction with the Managing Editor and staff.

An enthusiastic and experienced writer and public speaker, Dr. Shu is frequently featured as a medical expert in numerous national and local television and radio shows, Internet articles, parenting magazines, newspapers and medical publications. Dr. Shu is editor-in-chief of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Baby & Child Health and co-author of the award-winning books Heading Home with Your Newborn and Food Fights, both published by the AAP.


Dr. Shu received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia and her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Shu completed her pediatric training and chief residency at the University of California in San Francisco. She has worked in the private practice setting as well as in academics, as a former director of the normal newborn nursery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Shu has been a leader within the medical profession as a past national chairperson of the young physicians sections for both the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Great tips and info for first time parents.
Michelle
They appear to think all of us are clueless, lazy, and self-indulgent, with no idea how to eat healthfully ourselves.
KPS
Their book is funny and wise all at once, plus it's a fast read, which are all great things for a mom.
Denise Schipani

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By KPS on December 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm afraid I didn't learn much; there are a few nuggets of wisdom but lots of filler. For example, did you know the reason your pediatrician weighs your child every visit is to chart their growth? You didn't? Well, thank goodness this book has a whole chapter telling you so. Their facts are sometimes iffy - if they don't have a citation, it's "many people" do this or "most people" believe that. The authors come across as preachy and agenda-driven. They appear to think all of us are clueless, lazy, and self-indulgent, with no idea how to eat healthfully ourselves. Worse, the book is really a parenting manual with an agenda, loosely disguised as being about getting your child to eat well. You should read your child books? Really? Thanks. Water makes them "pee"? Earth-shattering. Moreover, the writing is atrocious. You know those catchy subheadings you see in magazines? That. But so obscure as to be nonsensical. For example: "All Choking Aside" and "Gluten for Punishment." In short, this book has little to offer regarding feeding and nutrition. If you've been a parent for a couple years or so, and are sufficiently interested in this topic to be browsing these reviews, rest assured that nearly all the information in this book is already between your ears.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Truong on August 13, 2008
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Great reference for all parents. Written by two pediatrician mommys and addresses many of the common questions that overtired parents are too overwhelmed to look up. Very common sense strategies for dealing with various phases of food struggles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Lamb on March 11, 2013
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My son's first pediatrician recommended I get this book because my baby fought me to eat. This book is good if you're trying to get a child to eat certain foods but no help if your baby just fights you overall to eat anything.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Grimes on April 28, 2008
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Food Fights is practical, funny, down to earth instruction book that all parents should read- preferably when their kids are young, so they will grow up with life-long healthy eating habits. This book reads like your best girlfriend chatting with you about shared challenges with your kids, not like some ivory-towered medical advice from doctors with no kids. What other book addresses the "5 Second Rule"? It's obvious both authors have first hand experience with real life "food fights"- and this is a fabulous way to share their combined "mommy" and "doctor" knowledge. Make this your standard baby shower gift- especially for the second kid in a family, because this gift will last far longer than a cute outfit.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Happy reader on January 9, 2008
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My grandson and I always fought about meals. I'd serve veggies and he'd ask for bread. After reading Food Fights, I learned tips and tricks to encourage him to try new healthy food items. Now meals are fun and nutritious. Thank you Drs Jana and Shu for your fabulous advice.
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I bought this book hoping for some magical tips that would get my picky toddler to eat her fruits and veggies, but they weren't in there (probably because they don't exist lol). Mostly the parenting advice was just common sense or things that I knew already, though there were a few good points and a lot of nutrition information if you're looking for that. The best part was the recipe section in the back- I'm excited to try those. Overall though not a book that I would go out of my way to recommend.
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By o's*oasis on January 29, 2014
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My daughter & so-in-law have been reading this and learning a thing or two.
They are finding out ways to introduce foods and techiniques to avoid picky eaters later.
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Great tips and info for first time parents. Basic info about whether baby should be waking up in the middle of the night to eat at what age. Also info about food wars with picky toddlers.
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