Many Parents overfeeding Their Kids; How to Deal with It

Many Parents overfeeding Their Kids; How to Deal with It

Millions of parents are overfeeding their toddlers, and they don’t even know that, as per a new study. About 80% parents are piling food onto their under five kid’s plate and expecting them to finish it, it added. How much is safe for kids?

In a recommendation report, the Infant and Toddler Forum (ITF) said that kids under the age of five years should be offered six to eight chocolate buttons or just five crisps as a treat a weak. It also stated that pasta is among the hardest dishes to judge for kids.

The study has also reported that over 30% parents are giving their kids a treat as a way to deal with their tantrum. But by doing do, they are actually storing up problems of comfort eating when these kids will turn into adults, it added.

When it comes to crisps, around 50% moms and dads are giving their toddlers more than two times every week, while about 17% are offering four to six times per week. The study also noticed 6% parents who were offering crisps to their kids every day.

The ITF has announced a campaign, Rethink Toddler Portion Sizes, to guide parents on portion sizes. It said that the guidelines could help in battle against childhood obesity. A number of toddlers are better than older children at regulating consumption of their food. “They usually only eat what they need and don’t overeat. However, portion size is critical. It’s one of the main ways in which, as parents, we can inadvertently override children’s self-regulation systems”, said ITF member Gill Harris.

"New research today reveals eight in ten mums and dads are piling food onto plates and expecting under fives to polish them off," according to a news report published by Daily Record.

A study by the Infant and Toddler Forum (ITF) found pasta is the hardest dish to judge with nursery age children sitting down to grown up size bowls instead of two to five tablespoons of pasta twists or spaghetti bolognaise.

The research also found more than a third of parents who give their toddler a treat to prevent a tantrum are storing up problems of comfort eating when they become adults.

A survey of 1,000 parents found two thirds of mums and dads “routinely” give their pre-school children too many sweets, squash or fruit juice. And almost three quarters are more concerned their child does not eat enough compared with a quarter who worry their child may become overweight in the future.

According to a story published on the topic by Daily Mail, "They are now being warned of the dangers of over-feeding after the research also found 80 per cent of children aged one to four are often given more food than they need."

The Infant and Toddler Forum (ITF), which commissioned the survey of 1,000 parents, has warned parents are increasing the chances their children will become obese. As part of the study, parents were shown pictures of food and told to select the portion sizes they give their children, as well as being asked how often they give youngsters certain foods.

Around 10 per cent of respondents gave their children too large servings of snacks, with nearly three in 10 choosing a bigger than necessary portion size of cheese and oatcakes when asked to select from pictures.

Seven in 10 parents also routinely offered their child a bigger portion of crisps than recommended. While more than a third gave their children a whole bag of crisps - nearly twice the recommended amount.

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