Healthy eating behaviors in childhood may reduce the risk of
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How children are fed may be just as important as what they are fed, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association, “Caregiver Influences on Eating Behaviors in Young Children,” published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

The statement is the first from the Association focused on providing evidence-based strategies for parents and caregivers to create a healthy food environment for young children that supports the development of positive eating behaviors and the maintenance of a healthy weight in childhood, thereby reducing the risks of overweight, obesity and cardiovascular disease later in life.

Parents and caregivers should encourage children to eat healthy foods by:

-- Providing consistent timing for meals;
-- Allowing children to select what foods they want to eat
-- From a selection of healthy choices;
-- Serving healthy or new foods alongside foods children already enjoy;
-- Regularly eating new, healthy foods while eating with the child and demonstrating enjoyment of the food;
-- Paying attention to a child’s verbal or non-verbal hunger and fullness cues; and
-- Avoiding pressuring children to eat more than they wish to eat.


: https://newsroom.heart.org/news/healthy-eating-behaviors-in-childhood-may-reduce-the-risk-of-adult-obesity-and-heart-disease
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