Basically, its saying that parent’s preoccupation with food, even the healthy aspects, is giving children a complex that in some cases leads to developing eating disorders.
When I was little, I didn’t even know what sodium was. I remember going over to a friend’s house when I was little where sugar and processed foods were banned.
Nothing wrong with that, right?
The fact that my 10 year old friend could tout the dangers of refined carbohydrates and added sugars, and how they cause cancer?
A little disheartening (and confusing to my little 10 year old brain.)
Kids are very black and white. I don’t have any, but from my experience things are either good or bad, right or wrong, yes or no to them. Nutrition and health are very complex subjects. I would argue too complex for a child to fully comprehend.
I have to admit, as biased as I may be considering my past, I think any focus on nutrition that is negative (stay away from this, don’t eat this, this is bad for you, etc.) is setting your child up for associating food with negative thoughts and feelings. Focusing on the good things (eat lots of fruits and veggies, milk for strong bones, lean meat for strong muscles, etc.) seems like the natural way to teach your child about proper nutrition and the proper way to take care of their bodies.
What do you think? Is “scaring” children away from certain foods and food ingredients setting them up for disaster, or teaching them to distinguish between healthy and nonhealthy foods?