It’s not just about what Ju­nior eats, but how he eats

Young Parents (Singapore) - - Recipes -

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.

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