As I grow older and wiser, I realize I might be passing on bad eating habits to my daughters. I can remember being a lazy ten year old and asking for seconds at lunch so I didn't have to do so many dishes. Although my mom was the perfect role model of how a person's diet should be, my brother and I sometimes felt deprived. We only ate "junk food" once a week, a glazed doughnut every Sunday at church. Soda was never allowed in our house and the only time we got candy was Halloween.
When children begin early childhood, they may begin to be pickier eaters than before they entered preschool. Their bodies begin to grow at a slower rate and their appetites may not be as big as they were before. Some parents worry that their child isn't eating enough, but they will compensate at a later meal. Parents should make sure they are eating a balanced diet, like the food their parents eat. It is our responsibility to introduce healthy foods and eating habits to our kids when they are young, so they will be more tolerant to new foods and acquire the taste for things that are good for them. A child that eats a lot of sweets and drink sugary drinks are more likely to not like milk, as opposed to those who drink milk and eat healthy from the beginning of life.
Another mistake is bribing your child with food. If you force them to finish their dinner, then they will get their dessert, more than likely they will finish their dinner, even if they are full. Childhood obesity is a huge problem in the U.S. Prevention seems to make more sense to me than creating a problem that has to be addressed. If we teach our kids the value of healthy food and excersize maybe we can break the cycle of obesity in our country