Every parent’s parenting styles are different It all depends on how a parent themselves was raised, how their children act, and how their own personal experiences have shaped them. In a new study, researchers discovered that parents who are more “hands-off” with snacking often have children with overeating issues.
Link between unhealthy snacking & parenting styles
The study was conducted by the University of Michigan, Baylor College of Medicine, and Temple University’s College of Public Health over the course of 18 months. The researchers discovered a link between snacking habits and weight control in children. They also found a link between snacking habits and parenting styles.
More than 40 percent of children’s consumption of added sugars came from snacking in the study. “Hands-off” parenting styles were associated with excessive snacking in children.
When snacking becomes unhealthy
Snacking (or small meals) can actually be a much more beneficial way of eating compared to eating 2 to 3 large meals a day. When a child’s snacking goes unsupervised, it can often become an issue. Parents being more uninvolved with what their child ate created a greater risk of overeating and unhealthy snacking habits.
Yes, it can be difficult to convince children to eat the right foods with the proper nutrients for their health, but otherwise it could lead to struggles with obesity and health issues. Foods most children–and adults–prefer tend to be sugary, fatty, and salty. Soda, candy, cookies, potato chips–we’ve all experienced the almost addictive allure these foods have, it’s just as hard, if not more so, for children to say no. Being watchful, but not necessarily overly so, can help your child develop better eating habits that will aid them in the future.
Getting your kid to eat healthier foods
A great way to make sure healthy foods make their way into your child’s diet is by keeping all junk food out of the house. This removes the temptation of unhealthy snacking foods. Instead, having veggies, fruits, whole grains, and other healthy snacks around the house will force your child into eating foods that are good for them. And to their surprise, they’ll probably like them!
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