By Anthony Galante
Did You Know…
“Parents can make a difference here by training young children to self-regulate, and also by setting food rules in the home,” study senior author Xiaozhong Wen, an assistant professor in the department of pediatrics in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, said in a university news release.
“We found that the combination of parental rules and young children’s ability to self-regulate their behaviors works best in teaching young children to eat healthy,” Wen said.
The University at Buffalo started following 9000 kids and assessed them at age 2 and 4 for self-regulation parental food rules.
“We found that children who were able to self-regulate at 2 years old had healthy eating habits by the time they were 4 years old, so long as their parents also set rules about the right types of foods to eat. We found that self-regulation by itself, without parental food rules, made little difference in children’s later eating habits,” Wen concluded.
There it is, something we all knew anyway, children’s eating habits start with the parents. What types of food do the parents allow in their house, how often do the kids eat, what quantity? These factors can shape the child’s future in regards to obesity.
Parents, it is your responsibility to feed your children properly, an obese child will become an obese teenager who will become an obese adult.
Study co-author Neha Sharma, a recent graduate from the university’s department of psychology, added, “It is amazing to see that a parental rule about which types of food a child can and cannot eat could have such a great impact on child eating habits.”
Obesity will lead to diabetes, heart disease, peripheral artery disease, some cancers, depression, low self-esteem and early death.
Setting healthy boundaries with regards to the types and quantity of foods your child eats is one of the most important lessons you can give your children. It is never too late to start.
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