Parent Eating Restrictions Cause Disorders

5 Jul

Many parents are frustrated when they try to promote so-called “good” foods such as fruit and vegetables, and restrict “bad” foods high in fat and sugar. Directive styles of teaching kids about food usually have unintended consequencesthat result in their wanting the forbidden foods, and disliking the very same foods parents want to promote. Psychologists call this phenomenon is also called reactance or the boomerang effect. Fisher and Birch give more explanation

Consider that these food lessons set up eating habits for a lifetime. Although it may be hard for parents to accept, directives will hold back a child’s ability to exercise self-control over food in later years. The trick is to teach kids to make the best choices, rather than to choose for them. Research shows that kids learn more from observation of peers, parents and siblings than they do from parental controls.


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