Parents would always try their best to feed their children with healthy and delicious food. However, a recent study shows that kids do not listen to their parents most of the time.
A research published on Social Science and Medicine discovered that after studying the eating habits of over 2,000 children and their parents, they have little resemblance in terms of food consumption as well as the amount of calories, carbohydrates, and saturated fats. However, the study has also concluded that children’s diets are a bit more likely to resemble their mothers’ diet than their fathers’.
The research also shows that this pattern of behavior is seen in almost all levels of parental control and socioeconomic status. Meanwhile, older children who were included in the study are the least likely to follow their parents’ eating habit and are more likely to be influenced by peers, as well as the media and other outside sources, when it comes to what they eat.
This study has raised concern on how parents can be able to influence their children into eating healthy foods. Setting examples, for instance, on what to eat could only do as much, especially with images of children eating "delectable" processed foods appear on TV.
In the end, the children would have to find out for themselves how their food choices could benefit or affect their health.