Want to get your children to eat their vegetables?
It may be as simple as making them watch videos of other children doing that.
Scientists at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center found that 3- to 5-year-olds who watch videos of other children eating vegetables are more likely to eat vegetables when served them a week later.
“As we work to explore easy-to-use tools to help influence children’s attitudes toward healthy eating and to make it more fun and exciting, this study lays the foundation for interventions that we may be able to translate into home or school settings in the future,” said Amanda Staiano, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor of research in Pennington’s Pediatric Obesity and Health Behavior Laboratory.
Staiano presented her findings at the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions on Friday.
Experts believe childhood obesity, which has doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents during the last 30 years, is linked to diets lacking fruits and vegetables.
The Journal of the American Dietetic Association shows one-third of preschoolers don’t eat fruit or vegetables on a daily basis. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-20 recommends preschool-aged children eat four to six servings of fruits and vegetables each day.