Dino nuggets. Ketchup. Yogurts. Lunchables. Pizza without the cheese. Plain spaghetti. Kids can have very particular tastes in foods. But finicky palates can lead to poor nutrition. Here's a series of links that will help parents and pediatricians get kids to eat better-even when food touches other food on the plate.
10 Best And Worst Foods: http://www.cspinet.org/nah/10foods_bad.html
A list of foods to choose and avoid, from the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
20 Tips For Picky Eaters: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/childrens-health/HQ01107/
Suggestions from the Mayo Clinic.
Adolescent Nutrition: http://www.uchicagokidshospital.org/online-library/content=P02174/
An information page from the University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital.
America's Eating Habits: Changes And Consequences: http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/AIB750/
A 1999 report from the Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, available as a series of PDF documents.
An online destination to encourage kids 9 to 13 to make healthy choices about lifestyle and eating. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Food And Nutrition: http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/food/index.html
An information page from Kids Health.
Fussy Eaters: http://www.vahealth.org/wic/healthbites/Fussy_2.htm
An information page from the Virginia Department of Health.
Getting Children To Eat Properly: http://www.saferchild.org/foodtips.htm
An information page from Idaho community group Safer Child, Inc.
Good Food Gone Bad: http://www.livescience.com/health/top_10_good_food_bad.html
A list of healthy food made unhealthy by processing.
Healthy Diet For Teenagers: http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/pa/pa_tnhediet_hhg.htm
An information page from the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.