Saturday, February 27, 2016 | 10:00 am-11:30 am
Supporting families concerned and struggling with their child’s weight can be challenging. Our environments and culture envelope us in a world focused on appearance, achievement, goals, right and wrong parenting. Mindfulness and mindful eating may provide a new perspective to support families and a new lens through which to view these issues. This session will explore mindfulness and mindful eating for children and parents from the perspective of a pediatrician working in childhood obesity prevention.
Lenna Liu, MD MPH is a general pediatrician who has been working in childhood obesity prevention for close to 15 years. She will discuss how mindful eating has shifted the way she approaches supporting families, and her work in developing a mindful eating curriculum for parents and children. We will focus on how to support children and families in becoming aware of eating habits, look at the relationships that support mindful eating and returning to more natural, healthy ways of enjoying food together.
- Experience and learn about mindful eating.
- Examine how it differs from dieting, and identify some of the barriers to mindful eating, in order to see how mindful eating can be a new way of approaching and seeing this issue.
- Understand the importance of relationships and connection in mindful eating.
- Explore ways to share mindful eating with children and families.