Resisting Easter treats could lead to kids pre-occupation

IF WE restrict kids from having chocolate Easter eggs this holiday, it could see them wanting more and more.

CQUniversity lecturer in nutrition Dr Susan Williams says restricting Easter eggs "could boost your children's pre-occupation with the Easter treats and increase the 'pester power' of children during this time".

Dr Williams' comments are based on a British study which found that although restriction of Easter eggs results in reduced intake, children become more pre-occupied with the eggs when their intakes are controlled.

This is in line with previous research that found strategies used by parents to influence children's eating habits are counter-productive.

Dr Williams said it's about creating a home environment which supports children in making healthy decisions; all family members developing healthy attitudes toward all foods.



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