Parents Should Set a Healthy Eating Example for Children
To get a child to eat more healthful foods, both Mom and Dad need to set an example. In a study, researchers used questionnaires to determine the eating habits of 114 children ages 3 to 5 years and their parents. Kids ate more raw vegetables, berries, and other fruits when their mothers did. When it came to cooked veggies, both parents’ eating habits influenced how much kids ate. Dinner—which offers more ways to serve vegetables than other mealtimes—was when parents’ eating behavior had the greatest effect on their children. Schedule regular family dinners, and be sure to load everyone’s plates with fruits and veggies.
Source: Food Quality and Preference, published online Feb. 20, 2020