Parents 'should set a good example with eating habits'

10 January 2012

Parents should ensure they set a good example to their children when eating to stave off the risks of obesity in later life which may result in a need for weight loss surgery.

Life coach and author of Toddlers: An Instruction Manual Joanne Mallon said that parents are the most important role models for their youngsters when it comes to diet and exercise.

"Bedtime, regular meal and snack times can be one of the signposts of your child's day. It helps to give them a sense of security when they know what's coming next," she added.

Ms Mallon explained that routine meal times are a good habit to set as they will enforce when is a good time to eat wholesome food and help to prevent snacking.

According to research by the Prince's Trust, children who are raised without a regular daily routine, such as specific bedtimes and set meal times, are more likely to struggle in school.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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