stop ex feed­ing our child junk?

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Na­dia, 35, Thatcham

My 11-year-old daugh­ter has been strug­gling with body im­age and con­fi­dence. She’s started to put on a lot of weight and is get­ting pretty big.

I cook her healthy meals and en­cour­age fruit as snacks, but when she’s with her dad – my ex – he lets her eat what­ever she wants. We share cus­tody and are on good terms, but when I men­tion her weight, he gets de­fen­sive. I’m con­cerned for her health and men­tal well­be­ing. Should I in­sist that my ex stop giv­ing her junk food?


Pick Me Up! reader Michelle Mc­grath says, ‘There’s no minc­ing words in this. Your daugh­ter’s health comes first. Your ex needs to be man enough to ac­cept there’s room for im­prove­ment. You need to ex­plain that you’re only point­ing these things out for your child’s ben­e­fit. And keep go­ing with the healthy food at home. In time, she may pre­fer those choices.’


Pick Me Up! reader An­drea Jones Savin says, ‘Maybe you could start cook­ing with her. It could be a fun, bond­ing time where she learns to make healthy meals. If she en­joys it, she might take it to her dad’s. Don’t men­tion weight as it may make her feel worse but do ex­plain the health ben­e­fits of each food used. If her fa­ther won’t help her, then you hav­ing fun pre­par­ing meals might just be what she needs.’

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