If children’s food balance is built in the same way as children’s food balance, then learning to taste and acquire the principles of a balanced diet and regular physical activity are their priorities. A few simple rules can help you avoid the obesity trap.
How can you help your children eat better?
A child can be informed very early in a simple way about the basic principles of a balanced diet.
Control your children’s food choices
A child does not have the means to make food choices alone that will allow him to achieve nutritional balance. He chooses his food according to his taste and this often directs him towards fatty and sweet foods at the expense of fruits and vegetables. The child finds it difficult to imagine the health benefits of a balanced diet ; He can neither perceive the invisible changes taking place in his body nor the long-term outlook. Of course, it is up to the parents to ensure their nutritional balance.
Tell your kids about good eating habits
Nutritional education will allow the child to behave in situations where his parents are not present, for example in the canteen, with friends or at summer camp. This learning must be done without drama or morals, to prevent the child from viewing food as a source of conflict or tension, which is sometimes the source of eating disorders. Children’s books with a nutritional theme can help you tackle the topic in a humorous way.
How to build your child’s eating habits?
Childhood and adolescence are critical periods in the acquisition of eating habits. It will have a significant impact on eating behavior in adulthood.
The impact of the environment on children’s nutrition
Since eating habits involve a large part of emotions, they are built mainly in the family circle, but also at school. The influence of the environment on the child’s automatic eating behavior : physiological signals of hunger and glut Partial withdrawal from the demands of family and social life (finishing a plate, eating at set times, eating like little buddies, etc.).
Teach your children to listen to their feelings
These external factors can be a source of risky health behaviors. We can see that children who are overweight are very sensitive to external cues such as “at the table!” or “finish your plate!”, not to mention their internal cues of hunger and glut. It is therefore important for these children to learn to listen to their feelings.Eat only when you are hungry, take your time to quit glut Calm down and distinguish hunger from boredom. Thus they will be able to adjust the amount of food eaten more precisely with their physiological needs.