How parents can help kids stick to healthy diet

It is important for children to develop a healthy relationship with food early on in life, in order to avoid medical issues such as obesity, explains dietitian Abby Courtenay.

Courtenay says that there is an obesity crisis among both adults and children, adding that that 18% of children between the ages of 2 and 5 are obese.

Obesity and diet are influenced by a combination of genetics, physiological and psychological factors, according to Courtenay.

She explains that people have a genetic predisposition to particular tastes, such as salty or sweet.

A mother's diet, while pregnant and during breastfeeding, influences a child's taste preferences in adulthood.

At the same time, psychological influences such as family habits and eating behaviours can impact a child's views on food.

She explains that nutritional food should be the norm in households, cautioning against too many sweet foods and takeaways.

Courtenay says that parents should not use food as a reward, and recommends that parents use the plate model when planning meals to achieve a balanced diet.

In the plate model, half of the plate should be vegetables, one quarter of the plate lean proteins and the remaining quarter healthy starches.

If your plate is full of these different colours and flavours, the chances that you will feel deprived after having a meal like that are very small.

Abby Courtenay, dietitian

While different diets are suited for different people, Courtenay suggests that families eat more vegetables, and be aware of the kind of fats in their food.

My favourite saying is: If in doubt, eat more vegetables.

Abby Courtenay, dietitian

She says portion control should be less about regulating meal sizes, but more about eating enough of the right foods, and eating to one's fullness.

Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show(with Eusebius Mckaiser):

Read More
[LISTEN] Caller shares traumatic rape ordeal in light of recent taxi attacks

[LISTEN] Caller shares traumatic rape ordeal in light of recent taxi attacks

Carol called into Eusebius McKaiser's show to share her story following investigations into several taxi rape cases in Soweto.

Why we need to talk about sex work and examine our attitudes

Why we need to talk about sex work and examine our attitudes

Clinical sexologist Dr Eve unpacks the challenges faced by sex workers and the ongoing fight to decriminalise the profession.

Naked Scientist reveals the real cure for a hangover (and its not hot wings!)

Naked Scientist reveals the real cure for a hangover (and its not hot wings!)

Dr Chris Smith gives insights on what peaks your interest.

Xolela Mangcu lambasts UCT students disruption of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o lecture

Xolela Mangcu lambasts UCT students disruption of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o lecture

Mangcu has hit out at students' behaviour earlier this month for the disrespectful way the young people engaged with elders.

Literature Corner: Consistent or Confused The Politics of Mbeki's Foreign Policy

Literature Corner: Consistent or Confused The Politics of Mbeki's Foreign Policy

Oscar van Heerden talks about how he tried to debunk the often academic concepts in his account of this fascinating Mbeki era.

Mbalula: Smaller NEC will focus ANC

Mbalula: Smaller NEC will focus ANC

Fikile Mbalula spoke about ANC's renewal and the proposals made in the policy discussion documents before June's party conference.

Popular articles
Opinion: Laying equal blame on parents in Spur spat is wrong says Eusebius

Opinion: Laying equal blame on parents in Spur spat is wrong says Eusebius

He believes it's a moral cop-out to say the only thing going on in the video is two adults behaving badly in front of the kids.

[LISTEN] Eldorado Park activist's eyewitness account of fatal mob attack

[LISTEN] Eldorado Park activist's eyewitness account of fatal mob attack

Community Activist Dereleen James says there has been a surge of drug related crimes in the area, leading to a series of deaths.

Is Uber dying? Stuff’s editor explains…

Is Uber dying? Stuff’s editor explains…

High ranking employees are resigning en masse as crisis upon crisis pummel lossmaking Uber.

Spur CEO: Man's pic will be up at restaurants and he is not welcome

Spur CEO: Man's pic will be up at restaurants and he is not welcome

Spur CEO says staff aren't equipped for this kind of customer confrontation and he will consider reviewing their training manual.

WATCH: Spur bans man after heated spat caught on camera

WATCH: Spur bans man after heated spat caught on camera

A man has been banned from Spur after threatening a woman during a heated argument which was captured on video and has gone viral.

Spur tightens its belt as 'two for the price of one' Monday burger special ends

Spur tightens its belt as 'two for the price of one' Monday burger special ends

The CEO of Spur says food inflation has played a big role in making this difficult decision.

3 JSE shares you should invest right now (by Momentum)

3 JSE shares you should invest right now (by Momentum)

Looking for a hot tip, or three? Here’s what Momentum Head of Investments and Savings Steven Schultz is buying...

He was a loving family man - Joe Mafela’s niece

He was a loving family man - Joe Mafela’s niece

Legendary actor, Joe Mafela popularly known as Sdumo passed away on Saturday following a car accident.

Earn peanuts? How to best invest very small amounts...

Earn peanuts? How to best invest very small amounts...

Got a spare R200 or R300 a month? Here’s how to make that money work hard and grow…