Welcome back to The Dad Central Show! Today, we have a very special guest joining us on the podcast. We’re thrilled to have Anneke Hobson, a passionate nutritionist and dedicated parent, here to share her insights and experiences on fostering a healthy relationship with food for children.

In this episode, Anneke opens up about her own journey with food, starting from her experience observing a nanny who used forceful tactics to get children to eat, leading to problematic behaviors. This powerful experience ignited a passion within her to help parents feed their children in a more positive and nurturing way.

Anneke dives into various topics, including the benefits of meat alternatives, the importance of role modeling as parents, and the concept of repeated neutral exposure when it comes to expanding children’s food preferences. She also shares the research on how significant dads are to helping kids develop healthy eating habits and the one tactic every dad uses that only makes things worse!

Another essential topic discussed was the issue of pressuring children to eat vegetables. She emphasized that this approach often leads to counterpressure and resistance, ultimately not solving picky eating behavior. Instead, she advocated for promoting a neutral and relaxed approach to food. Anneke also provides practical tips for common challenges for busy parents including eating out and traveling with healthy snacks.

This episode is filled with practical, real and positive solutions to the challenge of picky eaters, but will also challenge dads to take a more active role in helping kids develop a healthy relationship with food for the rest of their lives.  You’ll want to take these messages to heart and apply them to your parenting journey.

About Anneke Hobson:

Anneke Hobson is a registered dietitian and has worked in public health, non-profit, and private practice settings. She became a dietitian because she loves learning and helping people improve their lives through nutrition. When she started her first nutrition degree, it felt like magic that dietitians could help people get better, and feel better, with food. It still does!

Anneke holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Nutrition from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) and a Master of Public Health in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Toronto.

When not working as The Kiwi RD, she runs an organization called Drawdown Dietetics, which works to integrate climate change mitigation with the practice of nutrition and dietetics.


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