Nutrition exercise for parents

Healthy Eating Quiz

             

Kids should have to finish their vegetables before they get dessert

This may surprise many parents, but the answer is actually false! Children are born with the ability to know how much to eat. They will eat when hungry and stop when full.

Correct! Children are born with the ability to know how much to eat. They will eat when hungry and stop when full.

  • As a parent, your role is to provide food at appropriate times (like 3 meals per day and 2-3 snacks per day). Your child's role is to choose what to eat from what you provide. If they don't eat much, it's okay, there's always another meal or snack in 2-4 hours.
  • Studies show that when parents attempt to control their child's food intake, such as telling them to have "3 more bites," "clean their plates," or by restricting dessert until vegetables are eaten, problems can occur. Specifically, these children may not respond normally to fullness cues and may end up having weight management issues.
  • Furthermore, these children have been found to prefer higher fat and energy dense foods and may have a limited variety of foods that they like.

NOTE: Some children do not respond to hunger and fullness cues (for example, those on specific medications or those who have often ignored these cues). For these children, individual nutrition counselling by a dietitian may be required.

Key Learning: As a parent, your role is to provide food at appropriate times during the day. Your child's role is to choose what to eat from what you provide. If they don't eat, it's okay, there's always another meal or snack in 2-4 hours.

BC Children's Hospital

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