The US survey again confirms that most parents have problems with their children when choosing healthy foods.
More than half of American parents surveyed (over 1,200) agree that it is difficult to get their child to eat a balanced diet, and half say that their child regularly takes a dietary supplement, according to a US survey – CS Mott Children’s National Poll on Children’s Health from the USA . University of Michigan Health.
A balanced diet helps children get the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. An unhealthy diet, on the other hand, can have a negative impact on health and learning outcomes in the short and long term.
Nevertheless, most parents have great difficulty getting their children to eat healthy. A University of Michigan Health survey found that many parents use dietary supplements without first consulting their pediatrician.
About a third of parents say their child is a “picky” eater, and a third say they don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. 13% are concerned that children are not getting enough vitamins and minerals, while 9% of parents are concerned that their child needs more fiber in their diet. The results are based on an analysis of responses from 1,251 parents in America with at least one child between the ages of one and ten.
Healthy eating: In addition to the rejecting child, costs are an obstacle
According to the survey, costs are another potential barrier to healthy eating. Half of the parents agree that it is more expensive to feed their baby healthily.
“We know that fresh, healthy foods can be more expensive than processed or packaged foods, which often contain more sodium and added sugars,” said Dr. Sarah Clark, MPH, Co-Director Mott Poll.
“It can be especially frustrating for parents when children waste or refuse to eat expensive foods.”
Most of the parents surveyed gave their children nutritional supplements, with more than three-quarters taking multivitamins. Almost half had children who also took probiotics – to support digestion and improve the intestinal flora.
More than a fifth of children have taken omega-3 fatty acids through dietary supplements – fatty acids that support cell growth and brain development.
The problem is that parents often don’t know if their baby is getting enough vitamins from their diets, Clark said.
“There is little research on the safety and effectiveness of dietary supplements and possible side effects in children. Some parents may not be aware of this […]Clark added.
“To minimize the risk of taking supplements, parents should talk to their pediatrician if they have concerns about their child’s diet. He can give them tips on how to improve their child’s diet and determine if supplements are right for them. ”
Source: News-Medical.net, University of Michigan – Michigan Medicine