Using food as a reward or as a way to calm an agitated child leads to emotional eating as an adult.
A new study suggests there may be a link between the common parenting practice known as emotional feeding, or using food as a means of comforting or rewarding children, and the development later in life of emotional eating, or the habit of eating to comfort or reward oneself.
Guess what. Fast food is bad. The thing is, for a very young child, the effects may be long-term and irreversible.
For the study, researchers from Univeristy of Southampton observed 1,107 children from their birth till the age of six. They monitored their bone mineral density (BMD) and bone mineral content (BMC). The data obtained was compared to the number of fast food outlets, supermarkets and healthy specialty stores present in the neighbourhood.
A new study from the University of Minnesota Medical School showed that children and teens are at a higher risk of becoming overweight and/or experience eating disorders when their parents pressure or restrict them to/from eating.
The AMI training told me to set up an environment with healthy food, and then let the children eat it, or not eat it! Kids can in fact learn to regulate their own food intake and appetite, or have a lifelong struggle with it later.
“Rather than restricting or pressuring your child to eat, it is more helpful for parents to make sure that there are a variety of healthy food options in the home, or on the table, for children to eat and then allow the child to decide how much they eat,” said Collins. “The problem with restricting food from a child or pressuring a child to eat more is that prior research has shown that it may have unintended consequences such as, a child becoming overweight or obese, or engaging in disordered eating behaviors such as, binging or purging.”