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Teaching children healthy eating habits- easy tips for parents to use at home

Posted on Feb 06, 2009 by Maggie LaBarbera

Kids today are growing up in an environment where they are being trained to overeat. What chance do we have as parents to make a difference?

Well the reality is you have the opportunity to make a big difference. Eating at home, taking your kids grocery shopping with you, having them help in the kitchen are all opportune moments to teach them about healthy eating. What is fueling the weight gain of our children?

Here are some interesting facts to consider:

  • The Agribusiness now produces 3800 calories of food a day for every American, that is 500 calories more than it produced 30 years ago.
  • Most restaurants serve portion sizes that are enough for two or three servings.
  • People will eat 30% more food if given a larger portion.
  • Most fast foods have 1000+ meals on their menu, some with 60 grams of fat
What can parents do?

Children's food choice habits are forming when they are young. You are their biggest influence and biggest advertisement on how to eat. We teach them the importance of doing their homework, we make sure they learn to brush their teeth everyday...We need to make teaching them how to eat healthy a priority to. Their eating habits they learn today is the foundation for how they will eat as adults. Make it a fun experience and family bonding time. Kids make great little helpers and are a sponge for learning!

Visit our parents' pages for nutrition tips and educational tools.

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