10 Ways to Raise Food-Smart Kids
Want your children to eat healthy foods? Create a nutritional home. Begin here.
By Jennifer Warner
Reviewed By Cynthia Haines
Creating a nutritional home is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure the health of your child. To start, make smart food choices, and help your child develop a positive relationship with healthy food. Your children will learn their food smarts from your example.
Here are the top 10 tips for getting children to eat healthy food, offered by Melinda Sothern, PhD, co-author of Trim Kids and director of the childhood obesity prevention laboratory at Louisiana State University:
"It's all about gradual changes, it's not overnight, and it's an uphill battle for parents," Sothern tells WebMD. "Everything outside of the home is trying to make kids overweight. The minute they walk out of the home, there are people trying to make them eat too much and serving them too much."
But the food smarts your children will learn from you can protect them for a lifetime.
Originally published Aug. 4, 2003.
Medically updated Aug. 25, 2004.
SOURCE: Melinda Sothern, PhD, co-author, Trim Kids; director, childhood obesity prevention laboratory, Louisiana State University.
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