Child Nutrition – Fast Food and Children

Children and fast food

Fast food is a big no for health-conscious people – but every now and then you can treat yourself. 

But beware: If you get the urge for a burger or a pizza, do not eat it in front of small children, because even one-year-olds can adopt good and bad eating habits! This resulted in a new study. We will explain what’s behind it.

Child nutrition is an important case, especially for first-time parents.

What is the child allowed to eat and what is unhealthy for the little ones? What they often do not think about is what they eat affects the child.

The parents shape children. From an early age, we learn what kind of food we should (and should) not like.

Regional and social factors play a major role here: German have other favorite foods than French, for instance.

How our parents educate us, what we gather in terms of food, and how genetically predisposed we are affecting our eating habits. This is how personal taste develops, which of course is primarily influenced by the family.

A study by Cornell University in Ithaca shows that even toddlers from 1 year extend their taste. “When babies see someone eating, they not only learn about food, they also learn who eats with whom,” explains one of the researchers.

For the study, 200 babies were shown different eating situations by video. In a video, people were apparently alien and talked in different languages. In the other video, the actors seemed familiar and spoke the same language.

Both groups clearly expressed their feelings towards food: they tasted it, looked at it enthusiastically, rejected it, made their faces go away. Particularly, the babies were attracted to the video in which people were familiar with each other.

The eye is eating

The disgust of certain dishes is originally the protective function of our body: it warns against potential pathogens.

Anthropologist and epidemiologist Valerie Curtis of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine believes that disgust has evolved through evolution and is firmly anchored in our genes.

Disgust manifests itself in people worldwide with the same facial expression: upper lip pull-up, nose up, sometimes even narrow eyes. These facial expressions perceive toddlers and categorize food.


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