For professionals

Children and food acceptance: The research

A webinar by Ellyn Satter

August 22, 1:00 pm CDT,  2:00 EDT,  Noon MDT, 11:00 am PDT

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2 pre-approved Level III CEUs.This webinar provides 30 minutes for discussion with Ellyn Satter! It also includes a test to help you clarify your understanding. 

Consider your perspective on children’s picky eating. The ESI stance is that, although children are naturally skeptical of new food, they still learn to eat it, provided parents follow Satter’s division of responsibility in feeding. When parents do the what, when and where of feeding, children take an interest in unfamiliar food, learn to eat the food parents enjoy, and eat an increasing variety of food.

At the other extreme, today’s research characterizes children as being neophobic, particularly with respect to fruits and vegetables, being inclined to eat too much high-sugar, high-fat food, and drinking too much soda. Research based on this thinking explores ways of getting children to eat more fruits and vegetables by systematically rewarding and tricking them.
  • How do we know what we know about children and food acceptance?
  • What is the evidence for children’s competence with respect to food acceptance?
  • Does today’s deficit research call that competency into question?
  • What is the best way to help children learn to eat a variety of food?

Taking this webinar and passing the test are pre-requisites for the Feeding with Love and Good Sense VISION workshop

For professionals

Children and food regulation: The research

A webinar by Ellyn Satter

September 19, 2018 1:00 PM CDT

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Is it responsible to follow Satter’s Division of Responsibility in Feeding (sDOR)?

From the perspective of the Satter Feeding Dynamics Model, children are competent with respect to eating: They intuitively eat the amount they need to grow in the way that is right for them. As long as parents follow Satter’s division of responsibility in feeding (sDOR), children can be trusted to regulate their food intake.

At the other extreme, today’s research characterizes children as lacking self control, enjoying eating too much, and having trouble stopping, especially if portions are big or food is high in calories. Thinking along these lines means parents must supervise children to see that they don’t eat too much, restrict portion sizes, push fruits and vegetables, avoid high-calorie foods.

In this webinar, Ellyn Satter sorts it all out.

  • How do we know what we know about children, food regulation, and growth?
  • What is the evidence for children’s competence with respect to food regulation?
  • Does today’s deficit research call that competency into question?
  • What is the best way to feed children?

For parents

The ABCs of Child Feeding

Two-part webinar for parents! 

Learn how to prevent and resolve child feeding challenges with the ABCs of child feeding.

Sign up for September 27 & October 4, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. Central Time.

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Part One unlocks the mystery behind what drives your child’s eating behavior. You will learn how to apply this knowledge to teach your child to be a good eater and how Satter’s Division of Responsibility in Feeding can be used to prevent and resolve your feeding challenges.

Part Two takes a deep dive into the keys to enjoyable family mealtimes. You will learn how to respond to challenging mealtime behaviors in ways that are consistent with Satter’s Division of Responsibility and learn the steps to successful problem solving throughout your child’s growing up years.

Both Part One and Part Two provide ample time for your questions and answers. 

Dates and Times: This webinar will again be offered in January 2019. Get on the ESI mailing list to be sure you receive an email alert of the dates and registration! 






Child weight

A county-wide obesity prevention strategy: 

Speaking with one voice

Behavior change is facilitated when adults hear a consistent message from numerous sources, in various formats. Santa Clara County, CA Public Health Department’s Childhood Feeding Collaborative used this principle to coordinate Satter’s Division of Responsibility-based child feeding guidance across multiple systems serving families with young children. This one-hour webinar relates how the Childhood Feeding Collaborative advanced the goal of county-wide consistency of message by creating partnerships, training opportunities and support for pediatric healthcare providers, public health program providers, community-based health educators, and child care providers. Learn the steps to success, the challenges and barriers.



Child Overweight: Helping without Harming: 

Feeding Dynamics and Eating Competence Based Prevention and Intervention

Child overweight can be prevented from birth with optimum, stage-related feeding based on Satter’s division of responsibility with feeding. Child weight acceleration can be neutralized by correcting feeding problems and restoring optimum feeding. Optimum feeding raises children to be competent eaters: To enjoy eating, to have positive food acceptance and food regulation skills, and to participate happily in family meals.  This webinar talks about joining with parents where they are and establishing relationships that support the process of change.  Case examples will be examined to illustrate how feeding dynamics impacts food regulation and growth as well as give practical grounding for primary and secondary assessment and intervention.



Early Weight Gain, Childhood Obesity, and Adult Disease Risk

Does (rapid) early weight gain cause adult disease and obesity? Does (rapid) early weight gain signal catchup growth or weight acceleration? This two-part webinar discusses research surrounding rapid early weight gain in infants and its implications for healthy growth and optimal weight.

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The Satter Eating Competence model


The evidence base for the Satter Eating Competence Model

Constructs of the Satter Eating Competence model do not focus on specific foods or portion sizes and are thus out-of-step with traditional nutrition guidance.  However, studies across age groups, socioeconomic position, and cultural perspectives reveal eating competence to be a global construct associated with personal health promotion, fewer cardiovascular risk factors, better dietary quality, food resource management skills, sleep quality, weight status, parent food behaviors, and decreased preschool child nutritional risk.  The research-based evidence supporting nutrition education and counseling that are grounded in eating competence is robust and compelling.  This webinar details this research and describes how to measure eating competence to assess your outcomes.

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Special needs children

Raising special needs children to be competent eaters

The feeding goal for children with special needs is to help them grow up to be as competent as possible with eating. The perspective of the Satter Feeding Dynamics model is that all children have eating capabilities. Care providers can help best by looking for and supporting those capabilities, then letting children push themselves along to the greatest extent possible to manage their own eating. This principle applies to preventing feeding problems with at-risk children as well as solving feeding problems once they occur. For parents, trusting the child to do his/her part with eating makes all the difference between approaching feeding with dread, concern, and frustration or with confidence, practicality, and joy.  This three-part webinar offers instruction, case studies, and research behind applying the Satter Feeding Dynamics model to feeding children with special needs.



The Division of Responsibility and Child Diabetes

Following the Division of Responsibility in Feeding when a child has type 1 diabetes — Is it possible?  Can families have both joy and good diabetes management?  Patty Nell Morse, decades-long specialist in child diabetes, talks about her journey from diabetes management by the numbers to addressing parenting with feeding.


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School-age children and preadolescents:

Setting up assessment and treatment of eating/weight issues

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An informal, interactive, and experimental webinar for members of the ESI Clinical issues Facebook group. Working in the context of the Satter Eating Competence Model and the Satter Feeding Dynamics Model, we will address assessment: What information do you need to get and why? We will also touch on treatment: Should children be in or out of the room with parents?

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Questions and answers

A conversation with Ellyn Satter

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Ellyn Satter fields questions from callers about applying Feeding Dynamics, Division of Responsibility, Eating Competence, and more.


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