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Donna Fish
Donna Fish is a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in Manhattan, where she lives with her husband and three daughters. She graduated summa cum laude from McGill University in Montreal, and with honors from Columbia University. She has been an adjunct faculty member at the Columbia University School of Social Work and is an affiliate staff member at the Center for Study of Anorexia and Bulimia. Ms. Fish is a guest lecturer for the departments of social work and psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital and Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a frequent consultant to the private and public schools, and to New York City's Administration for Children's Services, Head Start, and Child Advocacy Services of Manhattan, and a presenter at the Renfrew Center's Annual Conference on Eating Disorders. Ms. Fish co-wrote the script and was the on-camera spokesperson for a show on anxiety disorders produced for LIFETIME TELEVISION. She was also the expert for a show on body image on National Public Radio's 'The Infinite Mind', has been interviewed for the parenting column of the CBC Radio, Canada.

With the publication of her book: Take the Fight out of Food: How to Prevent and Solve Your Child's Eating Problems, Ms. Fish has been interviewed for many publications, including Better Homes and Gardens, Parenting, In Touch Weekly, ParentGuide News, First for Women, Today's Parent, USA Today, USA Weekend. Interviews on multiple radio shows include NPR's show 'A Chef's Table' on WHYY, NYC's 1010 WINS, NYC's 106.7 lite FM's current affairs show, as well as many national newspapers. She has presented her lecture "Creating Effective Eating Habits in Children and Teens" to the Tenafly School District in New Jersey, the Parent Action Committee of Long Island, Wellesley College Early Childhood Center and Dept. of Education, Sarah Lawrence College Early Childhood Center, Georgetown University, and she has trained the Head Start Staff of NYC in her "Take the Fight out of Food" program. Television appearances have included the WEEKEND TODAY SHOW, FOX NEWS CHANNEL, AND MSNBC.

A former dancer, Ms. Fish has served as a consultant for the staff at the School of American Ballet and the professional training program of the Steps Dance School in NYC. She is available for lectures on eating issues to audiences that include schools, (teachers, students, and parent associations.) college campuses, medical facilities, and community centers.

Entries by Donna Fish

Let Them Eat Cake

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 4:16 PM

I appreciate everyone's efforts to be the best parents possible, and it can be unbelievably frustrating when our kids thwart our best attempts to give to them and do for them what we know is best, right?!

I remember those days when my kids went from one birthday party to...

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Feeding Frenzy

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 11:17 AM

The frenzy I am talking about here, is parental anxiety. The anxiety so many parents feel surrounding feeding their kids. I get so many inquiries -- mostly concerning picky eaters or kids who don't eat a lot of a varied menu -- that I have started to really wonder at...

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What Are You Bringing To The Table When You Serve Dinner?

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 3:01 PM

Now, I am not talking about the food that you are serving. Too often, we are focused on feeding our children and giving them good eating habits at the expense of paying attention to our own "food attitudes" that we bring to the table.

These attitudes are what I call...

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Eating Instructions

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 10:58 AM

All of you out there know that I treat a lot of eating issues whether it be compulsive overeating, anorexia, bulimia, you name it. Or simply the usual chronic dieting that most women subject them to, landing them up with an extra 10 to 20 pounds while eating the same...

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How to Give Your Kids the Skills to Eat Healthy for Life

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 2:29 PM

I've always been fascinated by the relationship people have with food. For years, I was a professional dancer, and when we weren't on stage, my fellow artists and I were obsessed with dieting. Our lives revolved around what we ate, what we didn't eat and all those forbidden foods in...

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The Artist to Watch

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 10:38 AM

I have written from time to time about different artists I come across in my random forays to theatre, dance, music and galleries here in NYC. From time to time, I write this piece when someone's work grabs my attention; not only for what they do, but how they are...

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You're Never Too Old For a Baby Gift

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 6:26 PM

I don't know if your kids are like this, but my girls love looking at old photo albums of themselves as babies and little kids. We have stacks of random pictures and photo albums and tucked amidst the books on our shelves, my oldest daughter (now 20!) came upon a...

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'She's Not Making Any Friends Today'

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 5:58 PM

...said Natalie Morales this week on "The Today Show" in response to a photo someone put up of herself with six-pack abs four days after delivering a baby.

Interesting response, Natalie.

Aside from the ridiculousness of a woman having a flat stomach four days after giving birth, the fact that...

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From Heart Failure to 'Heartstrings'

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 12:37 PM

You may have heard the song "Heartstrings" while you're waiting for your latte at Starbucks, and figured you are listening to another talented singer/songwriter whose sound reminds you or Bonnie Raitt or Patsy Cline.

But rarely do you imagine as you hear the latest song on the radio, or Spotify,...

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18 and 18

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 4:53 PM

As I prepare to send my second daughter off to college and she approaches turning 18-years-old, (most of her friends are already 18 but she is a later birthday), I can't help but mus on the similarity between this impending separation, and the 18 month old toddler she was, with...

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From Folk Song to Song Art

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 12:16 PM

In honor of Mother's Day, there is an upcoming concert at the 92nd Street Y that looks truly interesting and unique.

Sharon Azrieli Perez, a Juilliard trained opera singer who has performed with the Canadian Opera Company among others and is a Cantor, will perform...

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Every Day Is Earth Day at Charlie Hong Kong

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 11:41 AM

One of my pet peeves about the whole 'eating healthy' push for families and individuals, is how damn expensive the whole proposition is.

What families who really are struggling with low incomes, poverty, can afford to shop organic, afford to feed their kids great organic farm to table food?


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Don't Do the Diet

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 4:17 PM

I am the mother of three daughters. I am also a psychotherapist with a 25-year practice working with adults and children on a variety of issues, one of them being eating problems.

In my former life, I was a dancer. The reason I am compelled to write this piece now,...

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Why It's Healthy to Eat Like a Kid

(1) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 11:57 AM

As far as I'm concerned, peanut butter has gotten a bum rap. People usually think of it as a food that is "fattening" and something to stay away from. But I frequently encourage people if they like it, to eat it for breakfast, lunch, and hey, sometimes even dinner. (I...

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Next Stop: Dyslexia-ville

(12) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 3:26 PM

We've heard a lot recently about the increased pressures of testing and the rising use of tutors by parents afraid that their kids won't measure up against children from countries where cultures or educational systems churn out perfect testers.

What's missing in our increasing 'teach to the test' culture are...

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Boobs Rule?

(1) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 11:22 AM

Really? He really said that? Dr. Sears was on the Today Show this morning with the senior editor of TIME, Jeffrey Kluger, and the Mom who posed for the magazine's current cover, breastfeeding her almost 4-year-old son, basically saying that no child who has been parented in this manner, which...

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The Little Black Box That Could: This Is How We Do It New York City Public School Style

(2) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 11:05 AM

Another year has come and gone with parents in the city stressing through the process of getting their kids into school; public or private, kindergarten, middle or high school. I call it the "New York City Poll Tax"; the price we pay for raising our kids here. As more families...

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Worried About Your Kids' Overeating? Here Is How to Help Them Flip the "Off"-Switch

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 11:11 AM

Nothing like having kids to reinforce the nature part of the nurture debate when it comes to personality traits. Forget things like hair and eye color; any parent with more than one kid knows how different and unique their personalities and temperaments are, from Day One.

I broaden this to...

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Artists to Watch

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 12:32 PM

Living in New York City, I am always haunted by the nagging feeling that I am not taking enough advantage of the cultural offerings. I have to confess that most of the time, I go to see things that are offered up to me: free tickets handed off by a...

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Taking The Fight Out Of Fitness And Food

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2011 | 11:28 PM

Turn on the Wii Fit game on our television, step on the platform, and you're promptly told by your "person:" "You have gained five pounds, and you haven't worked out in three months!"

What did this person do? She immediately stepped off, and hasn't gone back to the Wii Fit...

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