We encourage parents to avoid giving their children orders to clean their plates, as it’s easier to avoid such negative conditioning in the first place than try to reverse it later.
London, UK (PRWEB UK) 25 April 2013
Parents have long encouraged children to finish everything on their plates, but new research suggests this tactic could be fuelling the obesity epidemic.
Katie Loth, a dietician at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis studied mealtime behaviour of around 2,200 teenagers and 3,500 parents.
The research suggests that larger portion sizes mean children are being pressurised into eating more than they need.
Co-creator of DietAssist, Rob Woodgate, says, "In our experience, most children start off naturally able to stop eating when they are full. This research shows that social and behavioural factors, such as parental pressure and portion size, can eventually override their internal cues and start them on the cycle of overeating.”
“At DietAssist, we teach people how to lose weight more easily by undoing these sorts of social programming.”
“We encourage parents to avoid giving their children orders to clean their plates, as it’s easier to avoid such negative conditioning in the first place than try to reverse it later.”
The DietAssist programme gives dieters a deep understanding about how their mind works, and how to use it to their advantage – whatever diet or sensible eating plan they are using. It aims to help them to take back control over their eating behaviours and teaches them to act more appropriately in relation to food and eating in the future.
The DietAssist programme is the result of over 20 years experience of helping people to lose weight effectively, and uses the latest psychological techniques to avoid the self sabotage and demotivation that dieters commonly experience.
The DietAssist programme helps dieters strengthen their motivation and resolve, and creates the optimum psychological state for success.