Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Parents doubtful they are getting kids to eat healthy diets
Did I provide a good example? Yes, and no. We always ate a varied diet--all the food groups. I have had lifelong intestinal issues and am not crazy about raw foods such as salads due to pain. She eats some salad.
She used to work at Wendy's--we ate more fast food then. Now almost never.
Still, we are both large women. Our lab numbers are OK so far.
Researchers at the University of Michigan did a survey of (guilty) parents. Only one in six said their children's diet was nutritious. A fourth said their diet was somewhat healthy or not healthy at all.
Most parents, the researchers said, know healthy food is better for their kids--but work schedules, play schedules, and food preferences make meal prep frustrating.
You can spend time and money on a health meal and the kids won't eat one bite.
It's all too easy to slip into a fast food mentality.
The parents polled also said it was difficult to tell which foods were actually good. Phrases such as all-natural, low-fat, organic, and sugar-free abound--and there may be a big difference between the term and the nutritional value.
For lots of parents, too, healthy foods are not available--this is the so-called "food deserts."
Is awareness of this a start?
Can kids be co-opted into helping shop well--maybe as a challenge?
Can kids pack their own lunches or help make their own dinners?
How about kid cooking classes to get them interested?
Remember, the average kid cannot buy Twinkies and HoHos--you would have to. So don't have that stuff around. It's a start.
I remember when my daughter was about 10, she begged to get "fruit leather," which for some reason, I found to be an expensive and stupid food--basically pounded jam. I refused many times and endured many meltdowns. Now I wonder--was fruit leather really that horrible?
Maybe an occasional compromise would make all this go better.