Influences On Children Eating Habits

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Influences on children’s eating habits With all this talk recently of childhood obesity and eating healthy, have you ever wondered what influences drive children to have different eating habits? Actually, there are many influences at work that can drive children’s eating habits, both direct and indirect. First, food advertisements can have an influence on children’s eating habits by persuading children to eat certain types of food. Second, the parents of children can have an effect on children’s eating habits by setting an example for their children and encouraging them to eat certain types of food. Third, social situations can have an effect on children’s eating habits because of children’s modeling of others. There are many influences on childhood eating habits in our world today. First, influence from food advertisements can have an effect on childhood eating habits today. Kids see 10 to 13 food advertisements a day, on average. Of these advertisements, 90% of them are considered unhealthy (Kohn). In addition, the American Psychological Association found that kids that are under age 6 “...cannot distinguish between programming and advertising...” and that children under the age of 8 “...do not understand the persuasive intent of advertising.” This means that children are more sensitive to the effects of food advertisements when compared to adults. These sensitivities were even more prevalent in a study by Elsevier Health Sciences. In the study, kids were more likely to
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