Every time my daughter sits on the table to eat, she has a standard question. “Mom, why do I have to eat ? She would expect to hear some stories about food from me . She sells ice-cream in her play time and make sure her ice-cream has vegetables and fruits as toppings. I pat my back whenever I notice this kind of child play. Well, it might sound weird but it is a kind of assurance that kids always play “follow the leader game, Mommy being their role model most of the time. Only they tend to get creative about their ideas, sometimes appropriate , sometimes not.
An infant when born in this world, truly believes that its parents are God sent angels. Until the age of 5 their world is so small revolving around their care takers. It is very crucial that while the child grows it needs to be nurtured in a healthy environment. Growing up the kids , with choices to make is a powerful way of bringing up a kid provided they are taught to make the right choice. Be it the choice of food or the game they reflect their parents or care givers.
While a child learns to make right choice it is also exercising self discipline. It knows the basic rules of life ,the good and bad aspect of it. What is good for me and what is bad for me also come from the habituation. The child is capable of judging only from the knowledge that it gains from the people around it. Keeping these thoughts in mind it might be appropriate to say that when a child is obese from overeating or from bad choices of food, it is probably reflecting the thoughts of their immediate care giver ( parents or gaurdians). In this fast paced world cooking at home concept is reserved only for Thanksgiving and Christmas. When kids are fed with packaged and frozen food all the time the concept of healthy eating is almost forgotten.
Bringing back home the fresh foods to eat is the first and foremost step in healthy eating. Living my life in a city that falls in the obese category, I thought raising an awareness for “cooking at home” could atleast add a drop to the Ocean of Healthy eating proclamation.
Let’s eat right! Let’s eat healthy ! Healthy eating starts at home !!!
Student liaison I U of M SAND
Experiential learner I St.Jude Children Research hospital