Kids rule when it comes to lunch

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

KIDS are the bosses of what goes into their lunch boxes.

Sci­en­tific re­search shows that par­ents are anx­ious and over­whelmed when it comes to pack­ing lunches and of­ten cave into chil­dren who de­mand un­healthy treats.

The re­port, pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Nu­tri­tion Ed­u­ca­tion and Be­hav­ior, shows mums and dads are pre­pared to send banned foods to school just to keep the peace at home.

“There is a lot of anx­i­ety. It’s a bit of a mine­field. If a par­ent puts a choco­late muf­fin in an oth­er­wise healthy lunch box for a child who is very ac­tive and gen­er­ally eats well, that may seem fine,” Bris­bane di­eti­tian Kate Di Prima said.

“But the prob­lem is there are other kids around them who are over­weight and par­ents are try­ing hard to keep them on a healthy died.”

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