In more ways than we’ll probably ever realize, parents are their children’s first teachers. When it comes to eating habits in particular, research is proving this adage is spot on—but it’s not always a positive thing. One study, for example, showed that parents are more likely to put pressure on their kids to eat more or less depending on the family’s weight. When parents and adolescents were overweight or obese, parents were more likely to restrict food while ‘normal weight’ families were more likely to push their kids to eat more. If you’re concerned about your child’s weight, the best course of action is to talk to a physician. To be proactive on a day-to-day basis, keep your cabinets stocked with healthy choices (including lots of fruits and veggies) to help alleviate any worries over how much your child is eating. Did you grow up experiencing ‘food pressure’ from your parents? If you’re a parent, have you struggled with a child’s eating behavior? Feel free to share in the comments.
Why Your Weight Affects How Much Food Your Kids Want to Eat
January 29, 2018