When it comes to eating sugar and making bad choices, a Study Says Dads Give More Junk Food To Their Kids.

Study Says Dads Give More Junk Food To Their Kids

It is a natural instinct to protect our kids. We want the best for them. And one of mom’s priorities is good nutrition. We know how bad sugar is for our kid’s health, and we try to limit it as much as we can.

But dads are in general, way more relaxed when it comes to food. Leave your kids alone with dad and they end up eating pizza or a burger with fries for dinner. Oh, and ice cream or cupcakes for dessert.

Study Says Dads Give More Junk Food To Their Kids

According to researchers from Stanford University, dad is the one who lets his kids have junk food. Interesting to see that a real study was done on this topic.

What they did was interview 44 families that had at least one teenage son or daughter, taking into consideration their eating habits and whether they would change depending on what parent was in charge at the time.

It turns out, in an astonishing 93 percent of cases, both the kids and mom said dad’s food quality standards were low. Dads give more junk food.

Researcher, Priya Fielding-Singh, wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle,

“When it came to modeling good eating habits, dad was the “fun” parent. Dad didn’t force Brussels sprouts down anyone’s throat, and children could always count on dad for junk food. As one teenager told me, “If I want some chips or cookies, I’ll ask my dad to get them for me. Then, my mom usually finds out and gets mad.”
Sound familiar?

Fielding-Singh also said that many moms wished they could let their little ones rely on their dad more often when it came to meal time, but they worried the meals would be unhealthy and lacking in nutrition.

So how is it moms can read food labels, make sure food has a high nutritional value and get those greens on the plate?

Fielding-Singh says,

“Feeding and caring for children’s health is central to motherhood. Moms are continually judged — by themselves and society — by how they feed their families.”
Many dads also believed mom was more of a natural in the kitchen due to her maternal instincts which makes for a greater understanding of a child’s dietary needs.

Study Says Dads Give More Junk Food To Their Kids

But is it really true that dads give more junk food? For our family it is true. How is it in your family? In our home, dad is usually the one who gives in and lets them eat candy. I am the mean mom who hides the sugar from the party favors and doesn’t let them have all the junk they want.

I understand that kids eat junk sometimes and that is ok with me. When we go out or go to a party, I let my kids have whatever they want. But at home it is a different story. I want to teach them healthy eating habits. This is why my two kids are adventurous eaters. If you are interested please see 5 Tips For Raising Healthy Non-Picky Eaters. It really works for us.

I found this information on this awesome parenting blog: Herfamily. If you are interested in reading more about my blog, please take a look at my latest articles. I am a mom blogger who loves to share creative and healthy fun food ideas.

I am not a chef or have many years of experience cooking. So most of my recipes are very easy to prepare. I believe in simple, nutritious, and homemade food made from scratch.

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