Parents Influence How Much Their Children Eat

children eatStudies show that parents influence how much their children eat more than they may think. Helping children eat right can be a huge challenge. Some children will eat what is put in front of them, but let’s face it, most don’t.  Children are picky eaters, and at times you may wonder if they are even getting enough to eat.

One study from the CU School of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine and University of Alabama Birnningham showed that many parents are serving their children the same amount of food that they serve themselves. It is important for parents to pay attention to the portions they offer their children and prompt them to eat according to their feelings of hunger and fullness.

The good news of this study is that because parents influence their children’s eating much more than they realize, they can influence it for the good.  Parents should set good examples of the foods they eat themselves and the portions they serve themselves.  Children are always watching.

Parents Matter More Than They Think In How Their Children Eat|Science Daily