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You Are What Your Mom Eats

October 2019

Full interview with Dr. Susan Gelman: https://youtu.be/_iIdgZV5V3A

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Move more, sleep enough, and certainly eat a variety of healthy foods. It’s advice we can all take to heart. But for kids, the earlier they adopt healthy habits, the better. Now new research suggests that when it comes to kids and healthy eating, just talking about good choices may not be enough.

It’s one thing to put a mix of lean protein, fruits, and vegetables on your child’s plate. It’s another to get them to take a bite.

Developmental psychologist Susan Gelman and colleagues at the University of Michigan wanted to know if the way parents talked to kids at the table and how much parents ate at a meal influenced their children.

The researchers had 234 kids between age four and eight and their moms try four different types of food. Two vegetables and two desserts.

Gelman told Ivanhoe, “They had four minutes to eat as much as they wanted or as little as they wanted, say whatever they thought was appropriate. They didn’t have to talk about food at all if they didn’t want to.”

The researchers were surprised to find that conversations during the meal did not predict how much kids ate, even if moms gave kids instructions, like “take another bite.” What made the difference? Children ate more when their mothers ate more. Gelman said if parents want kids to eat certain foods “they should eat foods they want their child to try and not just talk the talk but walk the walk.”

So, moms remember, you are important models for kids as they decide what and how much to eat.

The researchers caution that the laboratory-like setting may not necessarily reflect eating behaviors at home, and there may be other possible explanations for the findings. They also suggest that further research is needed to examine whether the type of food moms eat impact children’s choices as well.

Contributors to this news report include: Cyndy McGrath, Supervising and Field Producer; Roque Correa, Editor; Kirk Manson, Videographer.

Produced by Child Trends News Service in partnership with Ivanhoe Broadcast News and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

(Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6768399/)


Spanish Translation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Mayor actividad, suficientes horas de sueño y una alimentación variada y sana. Estos son consejos útiles para todo el mundo, pero para los niños, cuanto antes adopten estos hábitos mejor. Hoy, un nuevo estudio indica que los padres tienen que predicar con el ejemplo.

Una cosa es ponerle a un niño enfrente un plato con una comida balanceada, con proteína, frutas y vegetales.

Otra, que se lo coma. La psicóloga Susan Gelman, PhD y sus colegas de la Universidad de Michigan buscaron determinar cuánto influía sobre un niño lo que los padres les decían que comieran, y cuanto lo que los propios padres comían. Durante el estudio, 234 niños de entre cuatro y ocho años de edad y sus madres probaron 4 tipos de comidas, Dos vegetales y dos postres.

Para la sorpresa de los expertos, aunque las madres les instruyeron sobre lo que debían de comer, y hasta le dijeron a sus hijos que comieran un bocado más, lo único que influyo sobre ellos fue el ejemplo. Si las mamás comían más, los hijos comieron más. Su consejo es que las madres deben de comer lo que quieren que sus hijos coman.

Los expertos indican que el entorno en que se condujo el experimento no refleja necesariamente los hábitos alimenticios en el hogar y quizás existan otras explicaciones para estos resultados. También enfatizan que se necesitan más estudios que examinen el impacto que tienen sobre los hijos lo hábitos alimenticios de las madres.

Los contribuyentes a este reportaje incluyen: Cyndy McGrath, Supervisora  Y Productora de Campo; Roque Correa, Editor; Kirk Manson, Camarografo.

Producido por Child Trends News Service en asocio con Ivanhoe Broadcast News y auspiciado por una beca de la National Science Foundation.