Although sometimes it is not an easy task because children tend not to want to eat the food that is prepared for them, to feel very uncomfortable at the table at mealtime, and only want to spend hours playing with the food, it is very important that from childhood we establish the basis of a good diet incorporating foods rich in nutrients, minerals, proteins, balanced food, and feed them in a healthy way, since they are in the stage of formation and growth and may be more vulnerable to diseases due to deficiencies in their diet.
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It is also necessary that we are clear which are the causes that provoke such behavior at meals, and in this way seek appropriate tools that can help us in time, we must ensure not only a healthy food, but also an appropriate environment, tidy and away from distractions or games.
Now, in order to create the habit we must be patient, and we may also have to be very firm, however, we must avoid being seen as authoritarian parents, we must maintain a good and constant communication with them to know their tastes and explain the importance of good nutrition and its benefits. Now, this situation can be a bit problematic, so what can we do in this situation?
Some psychologists recommend some strategies such as setting a limit or time to eat, at first it will cost them a little, however, day by day they will adjust and learn that there is a time to eat, play or sleep.
Digestion is very important, therefore, we must ensure that they chew their food properly, if children do not eat because they claim that the food is hard, or that they do not like it, we cannot change the food every now and then for another that is to their liking, as this will contribute to them not trying to eat the food.
If they are children who say they feel like eating all the time, perhaps because they need more energy, it is very important to teach them about the right amount of food to eat and especially the type of food, since it is not healthy between meals to consume sweets and cookies in excess, as well as explaining the importance of water consumption, if necessary, specialists should be consulted to find the causes that cause a large consumption of food.
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If the child does not have a good diet and consumes foods with high sugar content has a high probability of suffering from obesity, even more so in these times where they spend much of the day watching television or playing video games, and do not do physical activity so it should encourage the practice of sport, play in the park, in the yard. The WHO recommends that children should do 1 hour a day of some recreational activity that can include skating, dancing, some sport according to their tastes and in this way we prevent them from becoming sedentary people, so we must motivate them to develop their skills and lead a life.
As we see we must look for tools that help us to improve the eating habits of children and thus avoid diseases, on the other hand we must guarantee them healthy food, in the right amount and at the right time to set an example as parents and also comply with good habits and lead a healthy life.
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