Healthy Children - January 2018

Feeding Practices

  • How many of you have eaten until you were stuffed? Who has eaten when you weren’t hungry?
  • This is something that we do when we’re adults, but research shows that children don’t do this without being forced.
  • Babies are born with a sense to eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full. Young children also have this internal regulation (signal).
  • Losing or over riding this signal can lead to overeating and weight problems.
  • It is hard not to pressure a child who isn’t eating much to eat more, but it is important to let kinds listen to their own bodies. CHILDREN WILL EAT IF THEY ARE HUNGRY!
  • It is also really important not to force children to eat or “clean their plates.”
  • Even encouraging children to make a “happy plate” or praising children who do, can teach children to override those signals of hunger and fullness, possible leading to overeating and weight problems later in life.
  • Together, we should offer children healthy foods and limit unhealthy ones. By offering only healthy foods, we are guaranteeing that the children make healthy choices in what they eat. It’s the child’s job to decide what and how much to eat!
  • Introduce picky eaters to new foods 10 times before you give up on it. Often times it only takes child a few times to see the new food before they will try it.