Eighty Percent Of Parents Overfeed Their Children, Says Study
“We felt it was time to put out some clear information so parents feel more confident with what portions they are giving their children.”
We all know that in order for children to grow healthy and strong they have to eat. In particular, they have to eat nutritious food while steering clear of anything processed and sugary. But when it comes to food, feeding toddlers more than they should, whether these are healthy food, will still lead to unnecessary weight gain, something that nutritionists are growing increasingly worried about. In fact, according to a new study by the Infant and Toddler Forum, 80% of parents overfeed their children.
How to avoid overfeeding kids
A survey involving 1,000 British parents revealed that 79 per cent routinely give their children meal portions which are larger than recommended by scientists.
Said an Independent report: “The forum released an illustrated guide to portion sizes and a food tracker alongside its #rethinktoddlerportionsizes campaign. Showing parents precisely how many spoonfuls or slices they should be serving at mealtimes.”
As per the guidelines, for children between one and four-years-old, no more than five tablespoons of pasta. Then five tablespoons of rice or four tablespoons of mashed potatoes should be consumed.
It also warns against parents letting their children eat too any raisins and cornflakes throughout the day. This is because of their high sugar content.
Similarly, chocolates and other sweet treats should be given to children strictly once a week.
As for meat, toddlers are recommended to be given only processed ham, sausages and minced meat. While fresh fish and eggs should be given in reasonable portions.
In the Independent story, pediatric dietician and member of the ITF Judy More says: “We felt it was time to put out some clear information so parents feel more confident with what portions they are giving their children."
"A big part of this has been reassuring parents that they are in fact feeding their children enough. As this has emerged as a major concern for them. The portions we are suggesting date back to a time in the 1990s when childhood obesity was not such a problem as it is now.
“We always say to parents, if your child is gaining weight safely and gradually, that is perfectly healthy. And you should always allow them to eat to their appetite.”