2Why family meals are important? Research has suggested that the family meal has a positive impact on :Dietary QualityLanguageAcademic PerformanceCan help reduce risk-taking behaviors.Family meals can also help :Family InteractionCommunicationSense of UnityReduce teens smoking, drinking and illegal drugsThe family meal can promote an improved intake of nutrient – dense foods.
3FAMILY SCHEDULES : Responsibilities/ Priorities Parents spend less and less time with there children because they need to meet the minimal expenses of raising a family.More convenient for families to eat fast food then to make home cooked meals.More women have careers and are no longer stay at home moms.Children are involved in extracurricular activities.Single - parent homes.
4PARENTING STYLES/ CULTURAL INFLUENCES Permissive parenting style:Allows the child to eat when he/she wishes.Authoritarian parenting style:Manipulate the child’s food intake through commands, force, instructions, or directives.Over eating is normal in certain cultures.Italians usually eat 6 times a day with larger portions.Under eating is normal in certain cultures.Chinese tend to eat smaller portions.
5HEALTHY DIETAmong things to consider when constructing a diet for a child are :Is the child still growingEducation levelHow much can the child understand about the situation.Level of family supportCan the family change to support the child.The child’s weightIs the child obese.A healthy diet should be high in fiber and complex carbohydrates.VegetablesVariety of fruitsBrown RiceA healthy diet should also contain foods that are in low in fat and sugar
6HEALTHY DIETProtein is usually something we don’t worry about because the American tends to be higher in protein then it needs to be.Here are some ways to change a child’s diet from a non-nutritional to a nutritional diet.Fruit for dessertVegetables lightly steamed instead of grayMacaroni with tomato sauce instead of cheeseThe child with be more accepting of deity changes, as well as be more apt to achieve a permanent lifestyle change.