Making Kids Fat – Parents are making their kids fat by make simple mistakes. Bribing them to eat their broccoli, banning sweets and offering too much 100 percent fruit juice can backfire on even the most well-meaning parents.
Here are a some feeding mistakes parents too-often make:
Mistake 1: Telling kids to clean their plateFor the most part, healthy young children eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full. As a parent, you don’t want to mess around with their internal cues by encouraging or bribing them to “clean their plates” and eat past the point of fullness.
Instead, provide small-moderate portions at meals and encourage your kids to eat until they are comfortably full. Teaching your kids to be “in tune” with their own hunger and fullness cues will allow them to have a comfortable relationship with food and avoid overeating as they grow older.
Mistake 2: Offering sweet rewardsTrying to get children to eat their vegetables can be downright frustrating – and parents often resort to bribery. Does this sound familiar? “Eat your broccoli and you can have ice cream for dessert.”
But unfortunately, this technique teaches our kids that broccoli and other vegetables are “less appealing” because their consumption requires a reward. At the same time, this approach positions dessert as the prize, something to be valued over other foods.Â
Plus, multiple studies have shown that, in the long run, preference for foods decreases when kids are given rewards for eating them. Bottom line: Keep dessert a separate entity versus the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Mistake 3: Serving up too many snacksConstant snacking throughout the day translates to calorie overload – plus, can leave kids uninterested in nutritious food (like chicken and vegetables) at mealtime when lunch or dinner rolls around.Â
Try to stick to a consistent meal and snack schedule. Allow at least 2 hours between snacks and meals.Â No more than 2-3 snacks a day, and limit them to about 150 calories apiece.