Good eating habits 'are best taught to the young'

18 October 2011

Children who learn good eating habits from a young age are less likely to suffer from obesity that could require weight loss surgery, according to one nutritionist.

Helena Oades, nutritionist for Zeal Health [comma] suggested that learning about good nutrition from an early age enables people to form positive eating habits that become more automatic as they get older.

She said: "Changing habits can be difficult when we get older.

"It is also really important to educate parents at the same time as their children to provide consistent messages."

It is possible to change an adult's attitude to food, but it is about looking at the nutritional education as well as initiating a behavioural change which then can be passed on to youngsters, according to the Zeal Health nutritionist.

The Department for Health recently unveiled plans to cut five billion calories off the nation's daily diet in a bid to tackle obesity rates in Britain.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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