By: Krystle Crossman
We all try to avoid introducing our children to junk food because it is bad for them right? Instead of potato chips with their sandwich at lunch we tell them that fruit is a much healthier option and chips are bad for you. All sweets are locked away and under careful supervision so that your kids cannot have any. Is this doing more harm than good?
Charlotte Markey who is a psychology professor from Rutgers University states that you should let your children have junk food. Now before you jump to conclusions, hear her reasoning out. Let’s say that you are in a store and you are told that you absolutely cannot have that one bottle of perfume that you have smelled for months on end. It is the best scent out there but someone is telling you that it is bad for you and that you can’t have it. What does that do to you? Does it make you think differently about your favorite perfume or do you buy it anyway because someone has told you that you can’t?
Now think about a child in that position. If you go out to eat and your child sees everyone else eating macaroni and cheese or a big juicy burger but you force them to eat a salad they are going to develop cravings. Once the cravings start it is hard to control and your child will be more and more inclined to grab as much junk food as possible. Studies have shown that children who are deprived of junk are more likely to binge on it when they are older. They are the ones that are more likely to become overweight as well.
While you shouldn’t be giving your child all the junk food that they want, let them have a little. Make them understand that it is a “sometimes” food and not an everyday food. Show them what foods are good for them and what they should eat every day. This will help them to develop a healthy relationship with food.