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Sarnia, ON - It's no surprise that 35 per cent of parents describe their children as picky eaters. To ease the frustration of trying to make meals everyone will eat, Dietitians of Canada urge parents to Take the Fight Out of Food.
"Parents and children have different jobs at mealtime," says Connie VanBellinghen, Registered Dietitian at Lambton Public Health. "The parent's job is to decide what, when and where foods are served. Then it's up to the children to decide what and how much to eat from what is being offered at meals and snacks.
"Children's appetites can vary each day depending on their activity level and growth spurts. It doesn't always mean they are picky - it's normal."
Food choices directly affect a child's health, growth and development, and school performance. To find out how your child's eating habits measure up, parents can complete a short online questionnaire at www.nutritionscreen.ca.
Nutri-eSTEP offers screening for toddlers (18 to 35 months) and preschoolers (3 to 5 years). Parents answer questions about their child's eating and activity habits, and receive a personalized assessment on how well their child is doing and what areas need improvement. Tips and resources are provided to help make changes.
If parents want more help, call EatRight Ontario helpline at 1-877-510-5102 to talk with a registered dietitian.
County of Lambton
519-344-2057 ext. 2349