October 2016 | Hotlunch.com | 1-888-376-7136

[Volume 8, Issue 10]

 
How to Get Kids to Eat Better

This isn't as easy as it seems. A lot of kids aren't eating healthy foods and they're overweight or obese. But harping on them and shaming them may just make things worse and lead to self-esteem problems or disordered eating.

3 Ways to Get Kids to Eat Better
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/12/well/family/3-ways-to-get-kids-to-eat-better

This article from the New York focuses on different ways parents can talk to their kids about eating better, with examples. Everyone is different so I like the various options that are presented here.

How parents can talk about this:

  • Zero-sum-game or just the facts and biology.
  • Self-care, or how to understand hunger.
  • Beyond-the-self, which talks about environment and broader impact of food choices.
 
 
 
When Is Picky Eating a Problem?
 

So many parents and care-givers have dealt with picky eaters and it can be so frustrating. You want your kids to eat right but it seems like every meal becomes a battle ground. But maybe that's part of the problem. It's not always about thinking broccoli is yucky, it's often about little kids and their autonomy.

When do you worry about a picky eater?
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/10/well/family/when-do-you-worry-about-a-picky

This blog post from the New York Times describes exactly what a lot of parents go through with their picky eaters. I think it's encouraging to read this blog and remember, patience is the key. Eventually almost all picky eaters become less picky as they grow.

 
Mindful Eating and Kids

Mindful eating involves understanding and paying attention to your emotional and other connections to food and eating along with appetite and hunger. It focuses on positives rather than negatives and maybe it's a kinder way to teach kids how to eat healthy.

How 'Mindful Eating' Can Keep Kids Slim
https://consumer.healthday.com/vitamins-and-nutrition-information-27/food

This news story from HealthDay describes mindful eating and how better awareness of your family's eating habits could help adults and kids find better ways of dealing with stress, boredom or other eating triggers.

One key is to realize that hunger builds slowly but the urge to eat can hit quickly and may not be related to whether or not your body needs more fuel.

What to do at school:

  • Describe mindfulness eating to students.
  • Discuss emotional eating triggers and how to deal with them.
  • Talk about ways families can find time to eat together.
 
 
School Lunch Programs Getting Healthier
 

The National School Lunch Program that was enacted in 2012 to provide more fruits and veggies for students appears to be working. Calories have gone down a little, and salt consumption has dropped about 8 percent.

National School Lunch Program Serving Up Healthier Fare
https://consumer.healthday.com/kids-health-information-23/misc-kid-s-health-news

This news story from Health Day describes a study that finds the lunch program guidelines have had a positive effect on school lunches. All in all, the findings are good. Even kids who choose less healthy foods are consuming fewer calories.

That's a lot of meals, too. Every year about 32 million students are served school lunches and 2/3 of those lunches are free or reduced price lunches, so it's good to see kids are eating a little better.

 
Day Care Probably Not Causing Weight Gain

Previous studies suggested kids who go to day care were more likely to gain weight compared to kids who stayed home, but a new study finds that's not true. That's good to know because so many parents depend on day care for their kids. In fact, three of every five kids are in some type of day care.

Day Care Doesn't Encourage Weight Gain in Kids
https://consumer.healthday.com/caregiving-information-6/infant-and-child-care

This news from HealthDay describes the study. The authors say that other factors had made it look like going to day care was associated with weight gain. The study included data for over 10,000 kids and found other factors such as financial and social status influenced the findings.

Tips from one of the study authors:

  • Encourage kids to get physically active.
  • Offer lots of fruits and veggies every day but avoid sugary beverages.
  • Limit TV time, and maybe no TV for little ones under age two.
 
 
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More About School Lunches, Nutrition and Healthy Kids
 

Parents of Kids With Food Allergies Believe They're Allergic, Too
https://consumer.healthday.com/respiratory-and-allergy-information-2/food-allergy-news-16/briefs-emb-10-12-12amet-food-allergies-parents-aaai-release-batch-2904-715612.html

Sensory Qualities That Best Quench Thirst
http://www.ift.org/food-technology/daily-news/2016/october/14/sensory-qualities-that-best-quench-thirst.aspx

How to Get Enough Calcium in Your Diet, Without Supplements
http://www.today.com/health/how-protect-your-bones-without-calcium-supplements-t103966

Here's Why You Should Pay Your Children to Eat Their Vegetables
http://www.wsj.com/articles/heres-why-you-should-pay-your-children-to-eat-their-vegetables-1476670380

1 in 4 College Students Is Hungry: Survey
https://consumer.healthday.com/vitamins-and-nutrition-information-27/food-and-nutrition-news-316/1-in-4-college-students-are-hungry-715792.html

 
About Shereen Lehman

Shereen Lehman is a health and nutrition writer with two decades of experience counseling people on nutrition and diet. She has a master's degree in human nutrition and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Shereen writes about nutrition for the large website About.com (http://nutrition.about.com), is co-author of Superfoods for Dummies (http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470445394.html) and Clinical Anatomy for Dummies (http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118116437.html). She also teaches Evidence Based Nutrition to nutrition graduate students at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.