Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

Go Ahead, Play With Your Food

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Kids who play with their food are less likely to be picky eatersResearchers from the U.K. asked 70 children aged two to five to search for toys buried at the bottom of a bowl of mashed potatoes and jelly and found that the children who were comfortable getting messy were less likely to have food neophobia – a fear of tasting new things.

Previous research has linked food neophobia to limited fruit and vegetable consumption and so this research may suggest benefits for parents to shift their focus from manners and pressuring children to eat fruits and veggies to fostering hands on creative play with food.

Coulthard & Thakker, 2015

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