The eating habits in children, either for good or for evil, are the responsibility of the parents. The pace of life we lead makes it difficult for us to do as well as they would like, but we must not lower our guard in the feeding of our children.

The use of the screens while they eat, breakfast incomplete, insufficient fruits and vegetables and not to share the family table are some of the subjects that we suspend.

Screens enemy of the good habits

Years ago we warned of the bad habit of many children eat in front of the tv. Now the screens have gotten smaller, but the risk of keep this habit continues and not only because they damage the sight of children.

According to the study, 71% of young eat while they watch tv, look at a tablet or manipulate a smartphone, a bad habit that affects your health: experts warn that children who eat in front of a screen have an increased risk of obesity.

Of them all, the 5.2 percent always eat in front of a screen, or 20.3 per cent what usually done, and 45.5 percent at times. But, why the screens are not welcome at the table? Many parents believe the opposite, that if you eat while watching tv or using a tablet eat faster and better. But it is not really a good habit.

Precisely why, because they eat in a mechanical way, without paying attention to what they eat. Prevents to enjoy the flavors and textures of the food, keys for children that are learning to eat (because eating also learn to establish a positive relationship with food since they are small.

Moreover, these screens "prevent a family conversation and cancel out any possibility on the part of the parents to instil in their children healthy habits at the table," points out Christopher, Colonel, secretary and member of the working group Nutrition and pathology gastrointestinal SEPEAP.

Parents don't see obesity in their children

Another worrying aspect that sets out the study is the perception that parents have about their child's weight, which does not correspond with the reality in four of ten cases.

13.1 percent of parents are not aware of the overweight or obese actual of your boy or girl. In addition, among those who are aware that your son or daughter is not in its normal weight, a 43.1 per cent per cent do not take steps in this regard.

Only 40.3 percent of the parents takes him to the pediatrician or family doctor, or 3.9 percent, to a nutritionist, and one out of every ten puts a diet on your own initiative without consulting a professional.

Breakfast review

The fault more fat one of the parents begins nothing more to get up. Eight of every ten boys and girls, do not eat breakfast properly. This is the most important meal of the day which should be proportional to energy for the rest of the day and should cover between 20-25% of the nutritional needs of the children.

A good breakfast must include a trio of food which are: dairy, cereals and fruit, while avoiding the industrial bakery.

Mid-morning, despite the fact that it is recommended to eat a piece of seasonal fruit, a yogurt or a cheese sandwich or other equivalent dairy product, the sandwich continues to be the preferred food both at lunch (73.1%) and snacks (70,8%).

Many meat and few fruits and vegetables

More than half of the children (51.9 per cent) to consume meat between four and seven times a week, although experts advise to do so between one and three times, to prevent excess protein in the diet.

Only one of every five children (21.3 percent) takes fish with the recommended frequency (more than three times a week), while only one of every ten eating vegetables in more than seven occasions per week. In terms of the fruits, only 30.3 the decision with that frequency.

Eat in family

Share the family table is essential to instill good eating habits. The example of parents and the nutrition education that is done at the table plays a very important role to educate our children and create a positive atmosphere.

However, only 37.3 percent of the parents are normally eat with their children (ten or more meals a week), while 28.6 percent done with them less of a lunch or dinner for the day. In addition, 17.4 percent do not normally eat the same thing that their sons and daughters at the time of lunch or dinner.

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