Recent studies have shown
that effects of forcing kids to eat are severe and can even lead to anorexia,
bulimia or obesity when they grow up. Read on to know about the effects and how
you can save your child from many eating disorders later in
Most of the parents think that
forcing their children to eat their vegetables or simply to finish their plate
will help them develop a taste for healthy
foods. Well, this is not true. Children also know when they are
hungry and how much they want to eat.
In fact, experts are
of the opinion that the way parents feed their children leaves imprints for
years, even after they start their own lives. More than 70% children do not
want to eat the food for which they were forced when they were kids. In
reality, forcing causes kids to eat less and dislike certain food
Harmful Effects of Forcing Kids to
Have a quick look at the harmful
effects of forcing kids to eat.
Children feel that they do not have
control on their eating
habits when they are forced to eat what they do not want
Makes them more likely to over or under-eat when they
Eating disorders like anorexia
or bulimia develop when children grow up.
Children find that parents have
the power over their eating habits and this leads to various eating problems
Children find themselves unable to
regulate eating and this leads to obesity.
Since children are not allowed to
have control on what they eat, they lack good self-regulation.
Sometimes kids may vomit all the
food fed them forcefully.
Pressuring to eat more makes them
Common Feeding Mistakes of
As a parent it is obvious that you find it
is your job to feed your child. So, when you place a plate full of food in
front of your child and if she refuses to eat or eats few bites, you start
worrying. Is she getting enough food? If she will not eat she will be
With your worries you start pressuring your kid to
eat with some of these techniques.
You feed your child even if she is
old enough to eat herself.
Follow her around with a plate
full of food in hand.
Demand or pressure her to eat all
the food in her plate.
Get angry or threaten her to
Bribe her to eat.
Pester her by repeatedly telling
her to eat.
Even force food into her
Why You Should Avoid Forcing
Kids to Eat?
Children, do not eat
much, naturally. A child can eat less than half calories of what adults eat.
Unless your child is suffering from any feeding disorder, she knows how much
and when to eat. She will eat enough to stay
Researchers believe that eating less food makes
even children live longer. But this does not mean that you start limiting your
childâ€™s food quantity. Just make sure that your child gets healthy and adequate
food so that even if she eats less she remains healthy.
make sure that your child is getting enough protein, zinc, iron and other vitamins
and minerals through food.
How to Stop Pressuring Your Child to
The first thing that you need to
find out is what triggers you into pressuring your child to eat. As a parent it
is obvious that you feel worried if you think your child is not eating enough.
Here you need to assure yourself that children will eat enough to remain
healthy and survive, normally.
When you find tempted to
pressure your child to eat, relax and take few deep breaths. You can start
doing something else to distract yourself. Following behaviours are normal and
you do not need to pressure your child to eat when she does something like
Do not get worried if your child
Refuses to eat meal.
Eats a lot for few weeks and
practically cuts down on her food intake after that.
Eats less than her sibling or
Refuses to eat certain
Gets excited about toys or people
and forgets to eat food.
What to Do Instead of Forcing Kids to
Try these techniques to make
your child eat properly during meal
Eat with your child the same food.
Offer healthy food to your child
and have patience because she will eventually have them.
If your child gets distracted
easily, bring back her attention to food gently.
Just donâ€™t worry.
You should remember that eating is
different from other habits that are practiced daily. Children need to develop
taste, listen to their parents and trust them. To eat a certain food item they
also need to have appetite. So, you should convince your child and create such
an atmosphere that helps her eat well. It is also good to introduce foods and
let your child develop the taste on her own.
If you choose
respecting your children and their bodies, you will start seeing the benefits
almost immediately. Parents simply need to be patient and consistent by
agreeing to whether their children want to eat at present or not. You will find
that your children are far wiser than you had given them the credit.
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