It’s not just about what Junior eats, but how he eats
The next time you tell your kid to finish his food fast, consider this: Findings from the Growing Up in Singapore towards Healthy Outcomes (GUSTO) study in Singapore showed that faster eating rates may lead to higher energy intake within a meal, which may be associated with obesity in children, shares Dr Lim.
According to the study, fast eaters take larger bite sizes, chew food less and consume more energy. Overweight children tend to eat faster and have larger bite sizes.
Encourage your child to chew his food longer before swallowing, advises Dr Lim. Additionally, breastfeeding and not starting solids too early may help as a short duration of breastfeeding and introducing solid foods early (before the age of four months) have been linked to a higher risk of childhood obesity, she adds.