Parents may send kids wrong messages about food

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by KING 5 HealthLink

KING5.com

Posted on June 4, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 10 at 12:28 PM

Popular diets vilify certain foods, which can be sending the wrong messages to children.

Celia Framson, a dietitian at Seattle Children's Hospital says that good intentions, like teaching a good food/bad food mentality, can backfire.

"From my experience clincially, I've certainly seen more and more younger children that are developing eating disorders and often times the trigger is that they learn in school that sugar is bad," said Framson.

Children can take that message too much to heart. Instead, Framson said to focus on teaching your children to eat a balanced, healthy diet.

"Sometimes including foods I call treat foods, not bad food or junk food so that children don't feel like they are bad for wanting to have those foods," she said.

Framson also advises parents to model healthy behavior, including having family dinners as often as possible.

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