Blogging, Parenting, Nutrition... lots of fun - Blogger's Meet

#CatchUpOnGrowth - the Indimeet that launched Horlicks Growth+, discussed parenting issues, clarified many nutrition confusions, and as is common with all Indimeets, pampered bloggers and celebrated blogging.

The session started with a discussion among Dr Rajiv Chhabra (HoD of Pediatrics at Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon), Ms Satinder Kaur Walia (a psychologist), and Dr Jyoti Batra (Head Dietician at Batra Hospital). This discussion, moderated by blogger Natasha Badhwar, about nutrition for children and parenting in general was a very informative.

There was much to learn from the session. Here are lists of a few things I brought back with me...

Malnutrition has remained the same over the years, but obesity has increased. Worse still, parents are in denial.
Obesity is not only a health/medical problem. It leads to psychological issues for the child too, such as being bullied, teased, etc.

The many tips I am taking home on nutrition. Most of these are relevant, not just for children, but for everyone.
  • Food plays an anchor role in fighting illness.
  • Over-reliance on milk or dairy products is not good. (I really admired the way the panel was open to discussion. Dr. Rajiv Chhabra admitted - and I don't remember this verbatim - that 'Science is a circle. The current circle is that milk is bad').
  • 450ml of dairy products in 24 hours is all that is required for a child over two years of age.
  • Decreased eating leads to anemia. Anemia leads to decreased eating... a vicious cycle.
  • How much exposure to sunlight do we need for Vitamin D?
    40 minutes a day, 5 days a week, with least possible clothes. Avoid the sun between 11am and 4pm.
  • An average of 30% children needs supplements.

Parenting tips -
  • Don't rely too much on written word (books, articles, online search, etc.). Instinctual parenting is just as important.
  • Access to too much knowledge can be a bad thing. Don't believe all that you read.
  • Try child-centric approach. That is, instead of forcing the child to eat what we want, try to give him the best nutrition in what he likes.
  • There are no strict rights and wrongs. Again, use your instinct.
  • Healthy food first, junk later - a rule that works if junk food is unavoidable.
  • When necessary, bargain with the child. The tip before this is an example.
  • The mantra of 'reward and punish' comes in handy in difficult situations.
  • Keep your head cool... easier said than done, I have to say.
  • Teach the kid that one eats for himself or herself. Don't let food become a way to throw tantrums.
  • Make at least one meal 'family time'. A way to be let go of the stress of the routine pressures of life.
  • Work on values of the child. The age-old values of respecting food, etc. make for ethically strong individuals. 
The one advice that says it all...

Educate yourself, educate your child.

The tweets that kept chirping...

Next was the big launch that we were there for, and information about the product.

Discussing the many things that kids teach us...

Enjoying the chocolatey taste of Horlicks...

Horlicks to take home too...


  1. It was lovely meeting you! You seem to have taken really good notes from the meet!

    1. Ditto :) It was lovely meeting you too. And you are an inspiration.

  2. Really nice guideline for each n very parents for their children.


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