Hasan A. Yahya, Ph.ds. الدكاترة حسن يحيى
Socio-therapy and psychotherapy deals equally with children as members of the society. It’s no surprise that fast food plays a large part in the diet of most Americans. We’ve seen the effects that dietary degradation can have upon our health. More and more children, from 3 to 9 are suffering from obesity. A good portion of pre-school children are overweight. Children that are overweight are at an increased risk for health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and other conditions. Parents often complain that their children are picky eaters. And they should re-evaluate the eating habits of the whole family. It is time for mothers to try new ways to produce and present food to their children. Here are some ways to change your child habits of eating:
- Keep in mind that more calories don’t necessarily mean more nutrition. Ask your child for his or her opinion.
- Write a list of your child’s favorite foods then look through recipes for different ways to prepare those foods while integrating new foods into your meals.
- It is normal to receive your child rejection to some foods, your child will not like every food you serve. That’s okay. Like yourself, probably certain foods that you don’t like. So, your child doesn’t have to like every food in order to eat healthy.
- Let them share food preparing: Get the kids involved. Let them help you prepare a meal. Prepare a food that you normally don’t include in your regular meals. Try a new recipe.
- You are the role model for your children: Set a good example for your children through your own healthy eating habits. Break up the mealtime routine.
- The factor of child personality: Your child personality plays a great role when it comes to how he or she will respond to new foods. It’s important to understand your child’s personality as you are offering up a world of food to her/him. Children usually respond by behaving in the way that gets them attention. If they are labeled as picky, as they will act that way and thus exacerbate the problem. Specialists suggest that you try not to react dramatically if your child turns his nose up to a food and resist the urge to label him as ‘the hater of all that is green.’ He will pick up on your reaction and repeat his behavior again and again.
- There are ways to help children expand their dietary delights. Keep trying new dishes. Add a variety of foods. Don’t get stuck in the rut of preparing the same meals repeatedly. If children say they don’t like a particular food encourage them to taste it but don’t try to force them to eat it. Try the same food again at a later time or use the same food in a different way.
- Repetition of providing food several times: Research shows that it takes 8 to 15 times of introducing a new food to a child for him to accept it. This means that you need to offer that food an average of 10 times before your child will consider eating it.
- Studies have shown that food preferences are shaped between the ages of three and five. In many cases, be patient, and repeat doing the same thing one more time. Sure! you will succeed. (571 words) www.askdryahya.com/index.html
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