Thursday, February 16, 2017

Do kids need parental food guidance?

Daily Insights 02/16/2017
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MyPlate, MyWins... Are We Just Fooling Ourselves?

USDA's Nutrition Policy and Promotion is trying hard to reach and empower kids with their "MyPlate, MyWins" video series that launched in May of last year.

The agency says that most kids inherently know how to eat without a parent pressuring them. They also know how to stop eating when they are full. They go on to say that actively persuading kids to eat confuses their natural self-regulation. It also complicates the parent-child dynamic, creating an unnecessary point of conflict. What? Are we overthinking this a bit too much? 

Sure we have a child obesity problem and aisle after aisle of unhealthful foods, but the concept of a parent backing off trying to teach their kids what to eat just sounds wrong to me. With all the conflicting and confusing messages on our foods – on tv, embedded in online games and just about everywhere a kid is; are we just fooling ourselves, or just too lazy, to think that without parental guidance our kids will just naturally gravitate towards healthier eating? 

 

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