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How to get children to say No to junk food?

Posted on October 13, 2013 at 5:40 AM

We live in an obesogenic environment...energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods & drinks are heavily marketed and are readily available to most of us. I have heard analogy that went as far to compare us with the Hunter-gather era only that nowadays we are being hunt by junk foods!

So how do we motivate children to make healthy food choices (without yelling NO to them at supermarkets)? Well, you can bribe them with money or other forms of reward, but that would not be as powerful and long lasting if it comes from themselves. I believe education is the key to build up their intrinsic motivation to make healthy food choices. Just like any health issues, it is likely to involve long term commitment. It all comes down to whether we can be as persistent and pervasive as those junk food advertisements? I mean, they are everywhere all the times, but how often are children “bombarded” with healthy eating messages the same way they are with those advertisements?

As parents, we may need to stress how nutrition affect their life. Get them involved in food shopping and cooking or even growing their own vegetables. Be a role model to them and explain why junk food consumption should be limited.

I do believe we need to actively fight this obesogenic environment and we need to equip our kids with food literacy and basic cooking skills so that they have the confidence to prepare simple healthy foods and not to fall into the traps of FAD diets. Therefore, we created a series of Kids Cooking Workshop each with specific nutrition topic to promote healthy eating to children at an affordable price. Our aim is to spread the healthy eating message to as many children as possible and by setting it at a low price we can include more families.

Childhood is when eating habits are established, so let us make sure they get it right from the start.

Categories: Kids Nutrition Workshop

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