How Can I Improve My Child's Eating Habits?
I want to try to reform my daughter's unhealthy eating habits. But I am worried that by not letting her eat high-calorie, high-fat junk food, I'll be paving the way for her to develop an eating disorder. I want her to be healthy, but I don't want to make her unhappy about herself either. How do I handle this?
Balance is the most important thing when developing healthy eating habits. Teach your daughter to eat healthy foods the majority of the time and to save fattening or sugar-filled junk foods for occasional treats. These treats should not be completely banned or else they will be even more appealing to your daughter!
Encourage healthy habits by:
- having family meals
- being a good role model yourself
- stocking up on a variety of healthy food options
- serving three meals a day, with good-for-you snacks in between
- encouraging your kids to drink water rather than sodas and juices
ChooseMyPlate.gov provides practical information on how to follow the U.S. government's Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It includes resources and tools to help families lead healthier lives.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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