Teaching Kids to Eat Healthy – Tip Sheet: Do As I Do

Teaching Kids to Eat Healthy

Mother and daughter eating a healthy snack together

Teaching kids to eat healthy and the adage, do as I say not as I do, does not work very well if your goal is to help your child make better foods choices. In a report published on June 18, 2013 in “The International Journal of Obesity,” researchers found that children who saw their mothers exercise and eat healthy were more likely to be active and make healthy food choices.

This study reminds us that our children are always watching and learning from our behaviors, both good and bad. If you want your child to eat more fruits and vegetables they must see you eat more fruits and vegetables. If you don’t want your child to overeat then you must stop eating when you are full. Also, if you want your child to love their body then you must stop complaining about your body and model healthy behavior including making healthy food choices and being active. Practice what you preach!

Reference:

International Journal of Obesity: The effect of the home environment on physical activity and dietary intake in preschool children.

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