LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Researchers followed almost 300 children from two to three years old for over a year and compared how much their parents pressured them to eat healthy foods. The results, published in a peer-reviewed journal, showed that parental pressure had no effect on the picky eating habits or the weight of children in the study.
Cindy Solis, a registered dietitian with Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, recommends a more measured approach.
"When feeding your child, try to be accommodating without catering to them completely. So, don't act as a short-order cook," said Solis.
Solis recommends modeling good eating behaviors for your children as well as putting healthy foods on their plate and letting kids chose to eat them.
"It's normal for children to not be accepting of foods that are unfamiliar or even of foods that they were accepting of at one point. Maybe suddenly they've decided they don't like it; that doesn't mean they won't ever like it. They've just decided, right now, they don't want it," said Solis
Solis also says that just exposing children to healthy foods can lead to acceptance of those foods.
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