Essay On The Importance Of Eating In Children

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As Nicole Henderson stated, “ The early years are when you give your child a foundation for establishing a proper diet. If kids learn about the importance of eating healthy early in their lives, they will not have to relearn as an adult.” The early years of a child are important since during this time they learn what, when, and how much to eat. They learn by observing the eating behaviors of those around, such as their parents, and by experiencing food by themselves. Parents play an important role in shaping their children’s eating habits. They take the roles of health promoters, role models, and educator in the life of their children thus influencing their food choices and cognition. This is partially due to the influence they have on the…show more content…
During this time, they learn what, when, and how much to eat. The parents can positively or negatively influence their children’s eating habits. The guidance of parents on food consumption is important to enhance children’s attitude towards healthy food. Encouraging the children using rationale is an important aspect of active guidance with which parents can positively influence their children to consume healthy food. Coupled with the availability of food, accessibility of food can positively influence healthy habits since children develop their food preferences through exposure. In the same fashion, the parent’s eating behaviors, food choices, or amounts of foods consumed can positively or negatively impact the food choices of their children since children tend to imitate their behaviors. Not to mention the food environment which can affect the overall diet quality. Equally important are the emotions, it is important to not associate the emotions with the foods since children can learn to use food to deal with feelings instead of to satisfy hunger. To conclude, it is important for the parents to build good eating habits in their children since the early years are a foundation for establishing a proper diet that can last a
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