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Dietitian says parents should NEVER congratulate their child for finishing a meal

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2 個月前
<p>A dietitian says parents should NEVER congratulate their child for finishing a meal and avoid labelling foods 'bad' or 'good'.<br></p><p>Chantelle Wardini, 35, listed things parents should do to help their children grow up with a good eating routine and to help them develop a healthy relationship with food. </p><p>The mum-of-one suggested parents should never celebrate their children finishing their plate, or eating specific foods.</p><p>Chantelle also says parents should never label foods as 'good' or 'bad'.</p><p>She explained the impacts of parents' "damaging actions" can last with a child their whole lives - and has seen clients in their 70s and 80s who are still affected by how they were treated in childhood.</p><p>Chantelle, a dietitian and exercise physiologist, from Sydney, Australia, said: "I see the impact of traditional parenting styles around eating every day - it can have a long term affect on how people think about and interact with food."</p><p>Chantelle believes it is important for parents to make a variety of different meals and says not praising children when they eat, however much they choose to eat, is vital. </p><p>She said: "Don't use coercive techniques to encourage the child to eat, even if it's with praise.</p><p>"If a child is a fussy eater the temptation is to say well done whenever they eat a vegetable, but that's actually really unhelpful."</p><p>She explained that this teaches the child that eating is a "performative activity done to be rewarded, or for someone else's benefit".</p><p>But the long term impact of this can be serious - leading to people losing the body's natural hunger and fullness cues they are born with.</p><p>Chantelle said: "I spend a lot of time helping adults to re-learn this skill.</p><p>"When parents do it, they are well meaning and as a mum it can be tempting, but it should be avoided."</p><p>She also claims parents should never use language that attaches a moral value to food - such as calling foods 'good' and 'bad' when they are healthy or unhealthy.</p><p>She explained that children can internalise those messages - and begin to think if they eat a 'bad' food, they must be a bad person.</p><p>Chantelle wants to encourage parents to work with their child to divide responsibilities at mealtimes - put simply, "parent provides, and child decides".</p><p>This means the parent's role is to decide what, when and where a child eats, and the child's role is to decide whether they want to eat, and how much of it.</p><p>Based on a concept by nutritionist Dr Ellyn Satter, Chantelle explained that by splitting the responsibilities at mealtimes allows a child to retain a sense of autonomy.<br></p>
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