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Dad Advice: Making Changes, Setting Examples

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 23-01-2007

If you are looking for a great way to make sure your children are off to a healthy start, don’t overlook the importance of a nutritious breakfast.


 


According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA), when children are consistent about eating breakfast each day, they tend to consume more calories than those that don’t, but they are less likely to be overweight. Furthermore, not eating breakfast may predispose them to diets that fall short of providing enough calcium and fiber.


 


Another key component for fathers is what behaviors they are modeling. Children are quick to learn by watching others, so it’s important that fathers consider what type of example they are setting through their own eating and activity level.


 


According to the ADA, research shows that when mothers pressure their young daughters to eat more healthy foods, the children tend to do the opposite. They report that the most effective way to get them to eat more fruits and vegetables is to lead by example.


 


Children who see their parents frequently eat healthy food are more likely to do so themselves. Being overweight can cause a host of problems, creating difficulties in every area, from finding clothing that fits well to avoiding the school playground.


 


For young children, it’s especially troubling because they don’t yet have the ability to prepare their own foods or be much of an active participant in deciding what they will eat and how active their family will be.


 


Parents shouldn’t make their child’s weight a constant worry, but they should take it into consideration and check up on it with their family doctor.