When it comes to eating sugar and making bad choices, a Study Says Dads Give More Junk Food To Their Kids. Is this also true in your family? Find out why this happens!
Dads Give More Junk Food To Their Kids
It is a natural instinct to protect our kids. We always want the best for them. And one of mom’s priorities is good nutrition. We know how bad sugar is for our kid’s health, and we try to limit it as much as we can. But dads are in general, way more relaxed when it comes to food. Leave your kids alone with dad and they end up eating pizza or a burger with fries for dinner. Oh, and ice cream or cupcakes for dessert!
Research says dads give more junk food
According to Priya Fielding-Singh, a doctoral candidate in sociology at Stanford University, dad is the one who lets his kids have junk food. Interesting to see that a real study was done on this topic.
What she did was interview 44 families that had at least one teenage son or daughter, taking into consideration their eating habits and whether they would change depending on what parent was in charge at the time. It turns out, in an astonishing 93 percent of cases, both the kids and mom said dad’s food quality standards were low. Dads give more junk food.
Dads should take more active roll in families’ healthy eating
Researcher, Priya Fielding-Singh, wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle: “ In my research, when it came to modeling good eating habits, dad was found to be the “fun” parent. Dad didn’t force Brussels sprouts down anyone’s throat, and children could always count on dad for junk food. As one teenager also told me, “If I want some chips or cookies, I’ll ask my dad to get them for me. Then, my mom usually finds out and gets mad.”
Does it sound familiar? Fielding-Singh also said that many moms wished they could let their little ones rely on their dad more often when it came to meal time, but they worried the meals would be unhealthy and lacking in nutrition. The fathers really should take more active roll when it comes to healthy eating. They rely on us, mothers, to do all the work.
Why are mothers more concerned about healthy eating?
So how is it moms can read food labels, make sure food has a high nutritional value and get those greens on the plate? Fielding-Singh has an answer to this question. “Feeding and caring for children’s health is central to motherhood. Moms are continually judged — by themselves and society — by how they feed their families.”
So it is really a matter of involvement. Dads think it is our role as mothers to be the ones in charge of the children’s nutritional needs. Many dads also believe mom is a more of a natural in the kitchen due to her maternal instincts which makes for a greater understanding of a child’s dietary needs.
How is it in your family? In our home, dad is usually the one who gives in and lets them eat candy. I am the mean mom who hides the sugar from the party favors and doesn’t let them have all the junk they want.
I understand that kids eat junk sometimes and that is ok with me. When we go out or go to a party, weekends, or simply when we go out, nothing is off limits. I let my kids have whatever they want. But at home it is a different story. I want to teach them healthy eating habits and I try my best to offer them healthy food options. If you are interested please see 5 Tips For Raising Healthy Non-Picky Eaters. It really works for us.