What affects your child’s eating habits?
By Kristelle Bechayda
Children increasingly become more independent from their parents as they grow older. This might sound like a good idea to most but the scenario is entirely different when it already involves their eating habits.
During the Nutrition Education round table discussion of Joy Schools Program, nutrition consultant Dr. Rodolfo Florentino says there are factors affecting children’s eating habits in and out the home.
Within home, what matters are the lifestyle and the food being served on the table. On the other hand, environmental factors such as eating in fast food chains create a tendency for children to overindulge, or forget to eat fruits and vegetables.
Dr. Rodolfo also stresses the importance for parents to set an example. Children tend to follow the grown-ups around them. Whatever lifestyle the parents are adapting will also be mimicked by them. The same goes for their eating habits.
“It’s important for the child to emulate proper habits, which can be imbibed easily and be carried on to adulthood,” he explains. “But if the parents behave otherwise, then the child will also acquire these wrong habits.”
Dr. Rodolfo adds that imposing strict rules also helps, especially when there is consistency, as it will train train the children to get used to certain practices.
To find out more about the Joy Schools Program of Mondelez Philippines, you can visit their site at ph.mondelezinternational.com.