Food Fights: Winning the Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood Armed with Insight, Humor, and a Bottle of Ketchup

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Bring "peas and harmony" to the family table with Food Fights! The authors of award-winning book bring together the science of nutrition with the practical insight of parents who have been in your shoes―offering simple solutions for your daily nutritional challenges. 

Knowing what to feed children is one thing. Getting them to eat it is quite another! In Food Fights, the authors tastefully blend the science of nutrition and pediatrics with the practical insights of parents who have been in your shoes―offering simple solutions for your daily nutritional challenges. Whether you've got an infant, toddler, or young child, Food Fights promises entertaining, reality-based advice on: 

  • How to pick your battles (and arm yourself accordingly)
  • Whining and dining, throwing food, and other dietary distractions
  • Heaping helpings, TV dinners, fast food, and other nutritional minefields
  • Eating out, grocery shopping, and travel
  • The 5-second rule
  • Drinking and dozing, juice, soda pop, and other classic drinking problems
  • Sick kids, vitamins, body weight, allergies, constipation, spitting up . . .and so much more! 

This revised second edition also includes new chapters on healthy breakfasts, what's lacking in snacking, and supermarket sanity, and serves up important guidance on making sense of package labels and choosing foods wisely. Add the cornucopia of resources such as recipes for success, a nutrient primer, and phone apps that help families stay on a tech-savvy track to good nutrition and this new and improved edition of Food Fights is guaranteed to leave you satisfied.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58110-585-8
  • Product Code: CB0067
  • Publication Date: January 11, 2012
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 346
  • Trim Size: 9 inches x 6 inches
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics

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About the Authors

Co-Author: Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP 

Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician and mother of 3. Having cofounded The Dr. Spock Company, Dr Jana has since provided her reality-parenting advice to academic institutions, nonprofits, major corporations, and media outlets nationwide, including CNN, ABC, The Today Show, and NPR’s The Parent’sJournal. As both a parenting and children’s book author, she currently serves on the advisory board for the Walt Disney Internet Group, American Baby magazine, and the BeWell/LLuminari expert network. 

Co-Author: Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, Editor 

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, is a practicing pediatrician and mother in Atlanta, GA. A frequent guest on national and local television, radio, and Web-based programs, she is medical editor in chief of, is the Living Well health expert for, contributes medical information to, and serves on the Parentsmagazine advisory board. She has chaired the young physicians sections for both the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Medical Association and formerly served as director of the normal newborn nursery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics 

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 66,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP is the largest pediatric publisher in the world, with a diverse list of resources that includes essential clinical and practice management titles and award-winning books for parents.


What People Are Saying


"In their characteristically easy-to-read, humorous fashion, these two pediatrician moms have created the perfect tool to help parents and caregivers instill healthy eating habits, avoid temper tantrums, dodge flying vegetables, and above all else - maintain a healthy attitude toward the nutritional challenges of parenthood!"—Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, FAAP, editor of The Wonder Years and editorial board advisor for Healthy Children magazine

"Food Fights presents a no-fuss approach to helping young children develop the healthy eating habits that will see them through a lifetime. Its delightful tone makes it a joy to read, and refer to, over and over again."—Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Feeding Your Baby and Toddler

"Food Fights gives thorough, practical, fun-to-read advice for parents as they tackle some of parenthood's most difficult challenges."—Claire McCarthy MD, instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, pediatrician at Children's Hospital of Boston and contributing editor at Parenting magazine