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About 70% of pregnant women will experience 'morning sickness' at some point during their pregnancy, usually starting around the sixth week of pregnancy.1 If you're one of the 70%, you will know how utterly torturous it can be. I still remember how few foods I could eat, the smells that would send me running to the other end of the house (or ban from the house), and generally wanting to spend the day lying on the couch comatose.

This year I will be completing the last of my postgraduate studies (at least for the time-being). I'm truly passionate about helping as many women as possible to live their healthiest lives. So I have dedicated this year to completing a research project and thesis, looking at the links between exercise, diet and postnatal depression. I hope that my research produces tools and information that will help healthcare providers globally, to prevent and treat postnatal depression.

My daughter came home last night and what she told me distressed me as a mother, and as a health professional. There is a child she goes to school with who has started bullying her daily. She is telling my daughter that she is "too skinny" and that there is "not enough food" in her lunchbox. At 7 years old, they are already body-shaming each other. It's no wonder that in 2003, there was estimated to be approximately 23,400 people in Australia with an eating disorder1.

There's no joy in watching your child refuse the food you put in front of them. And in fact, I come from a family of "feeders". I still remember one of the first family meals I brought my, now husband, to where he literally had to cover his plate with his hands to prevent my mum piling up anymore food. My grandmother was the same - if you visit, you will eat! Whether you were hungry and absolutely nothing to do with it. And I get immense pleasure from watching my family enjoy the food I prepared for them. But what do you do when your child will eat a total of six foods?

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