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Eating Right from 8 to 18: Setting Examples

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Times have never presented us with better opportunities for obtaining good health. We know more now than ever before about what promotes good health and what contributes to health problems, particularly from the types of foods we eat. Because of this, we should guide our children accordingly to promote overall health and well-being, and delay or even prevent the onset of disease.

Knowing that an individual’s food habits develop in their early years, many eating habits are known to form prior to age six. Parents, peers, role models, and environmental surroundings all contribute to food habits and food behaviors—so wouldn’t it be smart of get a head start and give your children the tools they need to be healthy, stay healthy and live a long and active life?

Kids mimic their parents and those around them. They emulate what they observe. And, additionally, they may try to push the limits and express their independence through their food choices—what they choose to eat, whether they choose the same foods over and over again (food jags), and what foods they refuse. It’s all part of learning, growing and developing good eating habits. These healthy habits established early in life are the foundation of good health throughout life.

Whether you’re a parent seeking assistance on handling food jags, eating disorders, vegetarianism, overweight conditions, or even underweight concerns, it’s important to stay on top of the issues at hand—knowing what to look for and where to get help. Eating Right from 8 to 18: Nutrition Solutions for Parents helps with just that. If you’re aware of the signs, symptoms, and problems that may come your way, you’ll be more likely to manage them, or seek professional assistance, if and when necessary.

Remember as a parent, your responsibility lies in the types and amount of food offered to your children. Ultimately, it’s their responsibility to eat it or not, we can’t force foods on them.

Focusing on happy, healthy eating is the primary goal in Eating Right from 8 to 18—start early, learn appropriately, and raise your children the best that they can be!