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Ideas for instilling healthy eating habits in your child

Danielle Garrett

Eating healthily is one of the most important life lessons you need to teach your child, even when they are still young.

According to the most recent national survey, 14.2 percent of primary school children are already overweight says the Heart and Stroke Foundation, South Africa.

If obesity in South African children continues to increase at the current rate, 3.91 million school children will be overweight or obese by 2025.

Consider these tips on how to teach your child about healthy eating.

Have an organised meal plan in your home

In order to assure a healthy food intake pattern, try to stick to a structured meal plan when your child is home. Having dinner every night at roughly the same time (well before bedtime) will assist your child in portion control as well as digestive health.

Don’t force your child to eat
Many people will tell you that forcing your child to empty his/her plate sometimes have detrimental effects.

Forcing your child to eat may lead to overeating later in life, and bribing your child to eat with candy, can result in increased cavities.

Take it easy when buying fast foods
There is absolutely no harm in indulging in fast food every now and then, but the effects of teaching your child about fast food have lasting effects.

To minimise fast food consumption in your home, try to involve your child when preparing a meal at home. Try to make it fun and incorporate a few interesting tricks when teaching your child about healthy cooking.

Keep in mind that cooking can be time-consuming.

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