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And what about restricting ‘junk food’? Is this always a good rule of thumb to follow? Does this parental tactic actually work or can the strategy actually backfire?
In a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, Campbell, Crawford and Ball noted that the family food environment had a significant impact on children’s dietary habits and could be linked to children’s’ weight. Pressure to consume food or specific foods was positively associated with increased consumption of non-nutritious foods and over eating.
In addition, Puhl and Schwartz noted that childhood rules like “If you are good you can have a cookie” have a long lasting impact on eating behaviors. It was also concluded that such tactics might result in binge eating behaviors.
Take a look at this video entitled “Obesity Begins at Home” from Scientific American Frontiers and hosted by Alan Alda. The video addresses some tactics that parents use that can backfire on them and help contribute to the weight issues we face today. After watching the video, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic and whether or not your parents made you have to be a member of the clean plate club and/or restricted your food choices. Also, what are your thoughts about reversing this trend to encourage kids to overeat and make poor food choices?
Campbell, K. J., Crawford, D. A., & Ball, K. (2006). Family food environment and dietary behaviors likely to promote fatness in 5–6 year-old children. International Journal of Obesity, 30(8), 1272-1280.
Puhl, R. M., & Schwartz, M. B. (2003). If you are good you can have a cookie: How memories of childhood food rules link to adult eating behaviors. Eating Behaviors, 4(3), 283-293. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1471-0153(03)00024-2
Obesity Begins at home [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNA3zltptmk