Parental feeding practices and dietary behaviour of children
Getting a child to eat fruit and vegetables is one of the best guarantees of good short- and long-term health. But what is the best way to do this ?
Three articles provide arguments:
- The first studied the effect of breastfeeding in children aged two to 12 years: breastfeeding for six months or more and introducing fruit and vegetables instead of cereals during complementary feeding increased intake and variety.
- The second focused on the most beneficial educational attitude of parents, which consisted of a coercive approach, structured practices and support for autonomy. Fruit and vegetable consumption was linked to confidence stemming from an upbringing combining incentives, example-setting and a degree of flexibility.
- The third explored the impact of the example set by the father. Children’s once- or twice-daily consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables was strongly correlated with that of their fathers.
Being breastfed, having persuasive and yet flexible parents who set an example, and having a father who is also committed to this model are therefore three key factors in fruit and vegetable consumption from early childhood to adolescence.