Yesterday we discussed the importance of portion control and serving sizes with children. An article from BBC news now shows that these heathy eating habits at a young age might actually pay off in the long run for children. It started when children in the UK first wanted to take videos and pictures of their school lunches and blog about them to show the types of food they were expected to eat.
A child in North Carolina who was tired of being bullied for being overweight adopted a healthy eating plan to help him loose weight and in addition to that got his entire family involved. His mother actually took responsibility for his weight problem and agreed that more children should take a stand against unhealthy eating whether it’s at home or school.
Shows and programs such as “Food Revolution” or Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign have really helped to encourage and promote this type of thinking not only in children but in adults as well. It is important to take interest into what you are putting into your body in order to insure that you are practicing a healthy lifestyle.
Some schools in the UK have also adapted sustainable eating practices to help educate the students on where their food is coming from. The great thing about this is that it is something the students asked to have, not the schools.
Since there are so many options in the stores and at schools today, it is great to see children starting to take interest in what goes into their bodies. As parents, we need to continue to encourage healthy eating habits and educating our children where their food is coming from, especially when purchasing items from local farmers markets. The next time you are there, let your child talk to the farmer’s who are selling their produce and let them ask questions they might have about the produce. Positive encouragement like this will only help to further promote a healthy lifestyle.