Using coercion to get your kid to eat healthy foods doesn’t really have effect, good or bad, on their weight.
But it can cause meal-time tension and damage the parent-child relationship, a new study suggests.
Researchers set out to answer several questions: Should parents pressure kids to eat, and what are the consequences for kids’ weight and picky eating?
Will the child learn to eat everything, resulting in obesity, or will learning to eat veggies and other healthy foods help avoid weight gain?.
In the end, it’s just not a serious behavior flaw that parents should expend lots of energy to eliminate, she says.
The study has several limitations, Lumeng says: There was high attrition in the study population, and results might not be generalizable to other populations outside low-income toddlers.
There’s debate on how to best measure picky eating and the study measures included a variety reflecting reluctance to eat both new foods and familiar foods. »