Books & Publications

November 2006: Facing the Facts – Dealing with your child’s weight issues, by Donna Fish, L.C.S.W., PARENTGUIDE News

July 19, 2005: Worried about your child’s diet? You should be., By Donna Fish, USA Today

June 2005: Food Fighting – Identify your child’s eating style, by Donna Fish, ParentGuide


Take the Fight Out of Food
How to Prevent and Solve Your Child’s Eating Problems

Teach your child to “eat for life.”
I have spent the last 15 years of my professional career helping ‘TAKE THE FIGHT OUT OF FOOD’ for men, women, young adults and children. My goal has been to help ‘free’ people from a negative relationship with food, working to maintain a lifestyle that is free from the guilt and preoccupation of ‘on’ and ‘off’ dieting, and reconnects people to their bodies. Whether you want to lose weight, maintain your weight after a diet, learning a new relationship with food is imperative to this process.

My book was borne of hours spent with parents worrying: “My 2 year old doesn’t eat vegetables!” “My 4 year old only wants cookies!” “My 8 year old say she’s fat and wants to start a diet!” “My husband and I argue about how I let the kids eat; mealtimes are so tense!” These times are tough; parents are caught between the dilemma of worrying about rising rates of obesity and the fact that girls younger and younger are wanting to start diets, fearing that they are too fat. Having worked in the field of eating disorders, I have built a 4 step program that works to help prevent eating problems before they develop, and to give parents tools to figure out WHAT TO DO if there is a problem.

“A spectacular guide for parents in preventing obesity in children and equally importantly, giving children the tools to eat rationally for life. As a cardiologist who sees the effects of obesity and as a concerned parent, this is the best guide for prevention and intervention that I have come across.”
Maryjane Farr, M.D., Director Heart Failure Program New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weil Cornell

“Take the Fight out of Food offers practical, sensible advice for parents concerned about their child’s eating behaviors. This book helps parents to teach their children healthy attitudes about food and nutrition.”
Elizabeth A. Rider, MSW, MD, FAAP, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

“Donna Fish in this book provides the 21st century family with a sensible, practical approach to a common family problem. She artfully balances the pressures of eating right, limiting sweets, not creating eating disorders and still enjoying the time with our children. It is a must read for every busy family struggling with meal times.”
Michael Traister, M.D., NYU School of Medicine, Private Practice, NYC

“An extremely useful guide to a subject that is often discussed , but seldom properly addressed: how to get your children to eat right. With an easy to follow set of rules Donna Fish tells us how best to navigate our kids away from the all too common dangers of eating disorders, obesity and bad nutrition.”
Margot Weinshel, RN, L.C.S.W., Senior Faculty Ackerman Family Institute NYC, and co-author of Surviving an Eating Disorder

“Donna Fish’s book provides an excellent framework for understanding our own as well as our children’s eating. Since good and eating are an intrinsic part of child rearing (nurturing), her approach can be easily applied to parenting as well. Ms. Fish’s developmental perspective demonstrates that by understanding eating styles, parents can learn more about their children and themselves. This knowledge will make the process of eating and growing exciting and fun for the entire family!”
Jane Guttenberg, M.D., NYU Faculty Pediatrics, Private Practice, NYC

“An absolute must-read for parents wanting to create a positive, healthy food relationship within their kids!”
Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., Director Joy Bauer Nutrition and author of the 90/10 Weight-Loss Plan, Cooking with Joy, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Total Nutrition

“A book every caring parent needs to teach their children good eating habits.”
Gilberte Vansintejan, N.P., M.P.H., ED.D., Administration for Children’s Services, NYC