The Role of Parents in Children’s Eating Habit

New research suggests that the food preferences of young children could be related to the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and many more problems later in life. Parents and caregivers at daycare and childcare play a crucial role in shaping children’s eating habits. They can influence young children’s food preferences in various ways.

Most nutritionists think that parents and caregivers of primary school should provide healthy nutritious foods daily to children. They should encourage the children to eat fruits and vegetables daily. Caregivers in school must supervise that children are not eating junk food in their tiffin. Besides, frequent snacking at home should be restricted among children and parents must supervise it.

The dietician of a Daycare in San Dimas CA is advising parents not to force kids to eat if they are not hungry. Keep an eye open to know when your children feel hungry and when full. Serving age-appropriate portions should be done to avoid overeating and children’s apathy to food.

Some children do not know when to stop especially when they eat their favorite food. The dietician of a Childcare in San Dimas CA says that parents must keep an eye open on the kids when they eat. If they overeat, parents must make them stop.

Eating slowly is one of the most important healthy eating habits because when someone eats food slowly, he chews the food well and that leads to good digestion whereas if a child does not chew properly and swallow the food, it will not get digested, and will lead to obesity. It has been seen that the child who eats slowly and chew well, eats less. Children, who eat very fast, tend to overeat because our brain takes some time to register, after taking the food. So when a child eats very fast there is a tendency of overeating because before his brain signals him to stop eating because of stomach fullness or register the food in the stomach, he already would have eaten lots of foods.

Mealtime should be an enjoyable time and taking at least one meal along with all family members is preferable. Allow your children to serve food to themselves and others. This will make them excited and automatically they will love to eat like elders at the common diner table.

Be a positive role model by eating a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and homemade healthy foods. Children follow their parents and older family members a lot. So, when they see that they are eating healthy, they also learn to eat healthily. It may be called family training.

Provide them nutritious food. If they do not want to eat that, do not force them to eat. It may make them arrogant. Request them to eat and at first serve a small portion to eat it. If they do not eat that, do not make anything new of their taste. Let them be hungry and it will force them to eat healthy food.

Be sure that your children do not go to bed immediately after taking the food.