Eat your food

United States
January 3, 2007 6:32pm CST
I have witnessed a lot of people telling there kids that they have to eat all of there food on their plates. Do you think that this might be the wrong thing to do?
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@rosey3223 (1569)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Honestly, that is how I was raised and to a point that might have been a bad thing because I have constantly fluctuated in my weight. Now as for my children, I do make them finish it, but I don't put a whole lot on that way if they are still hungry, which they usually are, they can have more. But some times I do understand not being very hungry and don't make them eat everything.
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• United States
30 Jan 07
A lot of the comments on here has said that for the most part, not putting much on a child's plate and then letting them get more if they are still hungry, is better than putting a lot of food on there and then making them eat it. I think that you choice in the way you handle this with you children is a very wise choice. thank you.
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• Malaysia
30 Jan 07
dont waste it..let them be thankful what they get .. give them how much they can eat but not force them to eat..
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• United States
30 Jan 07
I don't force my children to eat because I want them to learn when they are full instead of over indulging. If they don't eat there food that is in front of them then they don't get anything else until the next time it is time to eat. I always make sure that they have a snack before bedtime so that they don't go to bed hungry.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
29 Jan 07
There was a time when I thought this way but with the obesety in the country. I have changed my mind. That food on the plate that the kid might not want to eat is going to waiste or waste regardless of the kid eating it or not. I think that the portions should be smaller if the child is wanting to leave food on their plates
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• United States
29 Jan 07
I am assuming that this was posted by accident considering that you had already posted this before. I was going to post the same comment that I had wrote to be funny but I didnt. and again thank you for commenting.
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
29 Jan 07
There was a time when I thought this way but with the obesety in the country. I have changed my mind. That food on the plate that the kid might not want to eat is going to waiste or waste regardless of the kid eating it or not. I think that the portions should be smaller if the child is wanting to leave food on their plats
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• United States
29 Jan 07
good response. I agree with you, obesity has become a growing concern especially within the United States. Statistics ratings have become higher for the percentage rates of children that will be obese.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
26 Jan 07
I think it is all depending on how much food you have put on the plate because knowing they are small eater I know that alot of parents aren't going to fill a childs plate up with food and expect them to eat it. So if it is a small amount of food, yes I would expect them to eat what is on the plate they don't have to eat seconds. I know others seem to think that this makes a child fat. It may if you are filling their plates heaping and expecting them to eat it all then yes that would be contributing to unhealthy eating habits for kids and cause them to be obese. So I think all parents should start out with small amounts maybe and don't let them eat a few hours before supper with snacks and then expect them to eat it all because then That just causes problems in the long run also. I guess maybe we should just tell them to eat till they are full because we cannot judge their stomachs and how full they are so we should let the children do the judging. But alot of times when they are sick they don't want to eat so it is very helpful to make sure they get their vitamins either through drink or vitamins daily. For kids that don't like eating alot their are drinks for them like boost and pedi assure that work well.
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• United States
29 Jan 07
wow, you have a very good point. I guess that if you put the right amount of food on their then it's okay to tell them this otherwise they may just not want to eat because they want to play. thank you for commenting
• China
26 Jan 07
eating nice and tidy is better without throwing food here and there
• United States
29 Jan 07
Learning to clean up after themselves is good but what I was realy asking is rather or not you think that they should have to eat all of their food.
@jmcafam (2891)
• United States
4 Jan 07
I think it can be harmful. If a child hears eat all your food than when they grow up they may do the same even when full.This can add to obesity in childhood and adulthood.For my children I have them tasted everything on their plates.If they then say they are full then they are done. I don't expect or push them to eat it all.I think it is better to tell them to eat until they are full.
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• United States
4 Jan 07
this is great advice and thank you very much for commenting.