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Helping Adoptive Parents Overcome Feeding Problems: Q&A With Dr. Katja Rowell

November is National Adoption Month, so I wanted to talk about an often neglected yet critical concern for adoptive and foster families: problems with feeding.

It’s a very complex issue, but kids who are adopted or in foster care tend to be especially susceptible to eating struggles. And, unfortunately, the resources on feeding are scarce. Or, if parents do receive advice, it’s often misguided, exacerbating the problem and leading kids to obsess over food.

That’s why I’m so honored to present my interview with Dr. Katja Rowell, MD, a family doctor and feeding specialist. I’m a huge fan of Dr. Rowell and her positive work in helping parents raise healthy kids. (I’ve also interviewed her before on Weightless.)

Recently, she’s published an excellent book called Love Me, Feed Me: The Adoptive Parents’ Guide to Ending the Worry About Weight, Picky Eating, Power Struggles and MoreIt dispels common — and damaging — myths about healthy feeding and is packed with evidence-based practices for helping your child build a nourishing relationship with food.

It’s a compassionate, practical and safe resource, which I highly recommend to all parents. (By the way, you can win a copy below!)

In part one of our interview, Dr. Rowell delves into why adopted and foster kids struggle with eating and how a healthy relationship with food is at the core of children’s happiness.

Learn more about Dr. Rowell at her website, and read her fantastic blog.

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Helping Adoptive Parents Overcome Feeding Problems: Q&A With Dr. Katja Rowell

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  1. Really enjoyed this article, Margarita! I’d love a copy of Dr. Rowell’s book, “Love Me, Feed Me.” (I’ve liked her FB page). I know this book is specifically aimed at adoptive parents, but I think it may be useful to all parents who are struggling with children with food issues.

  2. Margarita, thank you for your continual research and writing about important issues like childhood feeding. I am glad you recommended Dr. Rowell. I can already tell that she will be able to provide some great information. I have liked her Facebook page and I will be visiting it often to gain more knowledge. I agree with the previous comment that this information can be helpful for all parents. Since children are growing up with more and more outside influences, more children are becoming exposed to dieting and disordered eating at a young age. It would be helpful for all parents to be aware of how much damage can be done if this issue is ignored. I hope to have children someday (most likely by adoption) and I would love to have a copy of Dr. Rowell’s Book. Thanks again for sharing your research and insight!

  3. I am finding your writings interesting and fabulous Dr. Rowell. I stumbled upon your site while in search to find why adoptive and foster children hoard and hide food despite not being deprived in anyway. I am a foster mom and presently have one child that sneaks food into her room and then eats it after bedtime. I had 2 brothers who were recently adopted and even though the younger never seemed to have eating issues, they have recently come about since his adoption. I am curious to read your book and know how I can help these poor children overcome eating issues. I did like your FB page and hope to win one of your books, but I will continue reading your interesting thoughts and value your insights. I am so happy to find someone so knowledgeable with same concerns as I have.

  4. I just liked your Facebook page and began following it. I am very interested in winning this book. My 4 year old foster son seems to have a lot of anxiety around eating and doesn’t eat as well as we would like as a result. We don’t know why he was originally removed, but we would like to get to the bottom of this. We have given him lots of good options and consistent feeding times


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