We all know the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables, exercising daily and restricting junk food, but new research shows parenting styles may also influence a child’s weight.
Telling children to clean their plates or restricting or forbidding certain foods can work against children trying to maintain a healthy weight, according to Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, a practicing pediatrician at The Everett Clinic. She joined KING 5 in studio Wednesday to talk about the counter-productive effects of this type of controlling parenting when it comes to food.
Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson shared the following highlights from the study:
- Controlling, food-related parenting practices common
- Food restriction common in parents to overweight teens
- Pressure-to-eat strategies more common with normal weight teens
- Fathers more than mothers used pressure-to-eat strategies
She also offered the following parenting tips for healthy eating:
- Division of responsibility: parent's job is just to be buyers and purveyors of food
- Eat meals as family, model healthy eating
- Encourage teen autonomy with self-regulation
- Eat when hungry, stop when full
- Don't make kids clean the plate