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Kids Model Parents’ Eating Habits

Monday, 04 June 2012 10:45 AM

Note to parents: Want to get your kids to develop health eating habits? Set a good example for them to follow.
That’s the key conclusion of a new study that found lower-income mothers had more impact on their kids’ diets by embracing healthy eating habits themselves than by using rewards or punishments.
The study, by Michigan State University food scientists, suggests leading by example -- rather than ordering kids to eat their vegetables – is the best way to promote healthy diets in kids.
"Mothers should stop forcing or restricting their kids' eating," said lead researcher Sharon Hoerr, MSU professor of food science and human nutrition. "They'd be better off providing a healthy food environment, adopting balanced eating habits themselves and covertly controlling their children's diet quality by not bringing less healthy foods into the house."
The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, also found restricting certain foods from a child when others are eating them at mealtimes can lead to unhealthy dietary habits. Among the researchers’ recommendations to parents:
• Maintain regular meal and snack times each day;
• Offer smaller portions of healthy foods and allow the children to decide how much they will eat;
• With picky eaters, coax and encourage them to eat, but don’t yell at them;
• Take them to the grocery store or garden, and help them select new foods to taste; and
• Allow them to help cook meals at home.

© HealthDay

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Monday, 04 June 2012 10:45 AM
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