Are You a Snack Time Tyrant with Your Kids?
How many times have you pleaded with your kid to finish her snack? Your effort to make sure your child is eating enough has good intentions, but a new study says it could be causing more harm than good. Researchers have found that when it comes to snack time, bossy moms may end up with chubbier kids.
The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, observed 1,200 moms and their toddlers during snack time. Many parents struggle to maintain healthy nutrition with ever picky toddlers, often plying and pleading with toddlers to eat â€śjust one more.â€ť Previous research has shown a connection between parentsâ€™ controlling mealtime behavior and obesity, and this study revealed the same.
Parents who were intrusive during snack time â€“ for example, saying â€śYou know you like it, take another biteâ€ť â€“ tended to have heavier children.
The weight differences between kids who were pushed to eat, versus those who werenâ€™t, was small. However researchers did find that if mom was pushy during snack time her child would move up on the body mass index (BMI) scale, a difference akin to moving up from the 50th to the 57th percentile, according to study author Julie Lumeng.Â
Ultimately researchers say itâ€™s safe to trust your totâ€™s appetite and learn to control their appetite. Your little one knows when sheâ€™s full, and she wonâ€™t let herself starve.
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