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Children's reaction to a plate of food depends on many factors. While there are children who are hungry at all times, others are inattentive or overwhelmed by seeing too much food on the plate.
The psychologist Silvia Álava recognizes the important role of parents in the education and eating habits of their children. Maintaining a firm attitude and setting limits is the key to teaching children to eat well and behave at the table.
How should we teach children to chew?
It is easier than we imagine. Parents have to be very assertive, not overbearing, but maintain strong communication. It is very rare that a child cannot eat a fried potato and then he does have to chew. It is usually more a matter of lack of appetite, that you do not like food or find it hard. At all times it is essential that children see that their parents are firm and will not change the food on the table for something else. If they see that they have the possibility to change it, they will not eat it.
There are children who when they see a lot of food on the plate become overwhelmed and even cause themselves to vomit, what is it due to?
For children to condition vomiting is very easy. They know that inducing vomiting means that you are sick and will not eat it. It is a strategy to avoid eating, which also presents a secondary gain: 'I don't have to eat this and they also pamper me a few times, thinking that I may be sick.' Indeed, when a child is sick, you should not force him to eat, but When he is conditioning vomiting due to a wake-up call or because he does not want to eat, he has to cut it, let him see that this strategy is not valid, and that with it he will not be able to stop eating.
What can we do with those children who are always hungry or want to eat?
There are children who are more eaters than others because they need a greater contribution of energy, but we must educate the amount of food they can eat and the type of food they eat. If he is very hungry between meals, first you have to control the amount of food and second, feed him healthy things, such as a piece of fruit. We must avoid, between one meal and another, give them cookies or pastries. It is also important to give him water.
What is the relationship between obesity and poor eating habits in children?
It is obvious that if a child is stopping having a snack in the afternoon to eat products with a high sugar content or pre-made products, many buns ... and to this we add that the diet is not good, it is not rich in vegetables and fruits, and also the child is sedentary, his risk of obesity is high. Today, children spend a lot of time sitting in front of the television, where they burn very few calories. It is important that the children go out to the park, that they move and run. We must go back to that sandwich in the park and eliminate the bun in front of the TV.
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