March 19, 2020, 12:52 p.m.

Dealing with Eating problems in Children

  • Be careful about what you say to your children. Children are already very sensitive to comments regarding food. There are higher chances of them emulating these random comments as serious advice, especially when it comes from their own parents. 
  • Parents should deal with their own fears and problems revolving food. There is a good chance that the parents can unintentionally pass on their own aversions to their children. 
  • If your child has a weight problem, it is imperative to teach the child to eat better and different as opposed to teaching them to eat less or not at all. 
  • As established, kids are known to copy their parents’ actions. Staying physically active and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle can ensure that the kids do the same, now and in future. 
  • Helping the kids understand the importance of not focusing on being concerned about their appearance but to rather concentrate on the more meaningful and fulfilling aspects of their life. 
  • Teaching you children the concept that if they take care of their body, their body will take care of them. 
  • Eating when hungry and stopping when you are full is another important concept that kids should be associated with from a young age. It is important for them to listen to and understand their own bodies and its signs and signals. 
  • Cooking and providing healthy home-made meals for your family. Enjoying meal times as a family also reinforces the joy of eating together and makes mealtimes more enjoyable and fulfilling. 
  • Substituting full meals for Power bars and other food substitutes can also lead to negative and unhealthy eating patterns. 
  • Constantly assess your own ideas and values regarding body appearance, self-esteem, food and others. Having healthier attitudes will ensure that the children will also cultivate healthier attitudes. 
  • Understand the concept that healthy eating doesn’t mean skipping carbohydrates or ensuring that meals are fat-free. On the contrary healthy eating ensures that all concepts of aspects of food are included in one-square meal. 
  • Adopting healthy and daily time routines can also be of significant help to both children and parents. 
  • Spending time with your kids during mealtimes will ensure that you can constantly stay on a lookout for any signs or signals of distress. You can also take this time to model and make any changes to their negative outlooks towards food.