Healthy eating habits 'are important from young age'

6 January 2012

Healthy meals with the family help children to develop a positive attitude towards food and lower the risk of obesity in later life, it has been claimed.

A representative from Beat, an organisation offering help and support for those with eating disorders, suggested that sitting down and eating in a family group every day is a healthy and social thing to do which will bring forth a positive relationship with food.

Mary George, spokeswoman for the charity, said: "The more knowledge and information absorbed by children at an early age about a healthy, balanced diet, the better their chances of having a normal relationship with food in the future."

She added that children need to learn a good balanced diet, which includes some fat to help them grow, from a young age.

Furthermore, research recently carried out by Onepoll and Youngpoll revealed that almost 25 per cent of children over the age of ten consider themselves to be overweight.

The survey was commissioned for the programme Dying To Be Thin: Tonight, which will be aired on ITV1.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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