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Junk food lover

Aanchal
7 to 11 years

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Updated on Aug 11, 2014

My 8 year old son is big time junk food lover I have tried several time to make him understand that these foods are not at all healthy but he refuse or listen, please suggest how I could make him understand the value of healthy eating.

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Ankita A Talwar

| Aug 11, 2014

Hi Aanchal, you could try a couple of things 1) ask a doctor or a teacher or someone else, the child looks upto, to talk to him 2) banish all junk from your and your family's diet as well so that the child is not tempted 3) negotiate and fix a day in the week when he could have a food of his choice 4)cook his fave foods such as burgers, noodles, or other things at home using healthy and fresh ingredients such as wholewheat noodles and veggies 5) involve him the process of cooking this healthy 'junk' food at home so that his interest remains alive. hopefully these tips should help you.

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Shikha Batra

| Aug 11, 2014

Hi Aanchal! I know junk food is tastier, yummier and pleases our taste buds but there is a dark side too. It has lot of ill effects in d longer run. U cud adopt following ways to handle ur child's cravings: 1. allow him to indulge in binging only once in a week. 2. avoid getting junk food at home and the refrigerator should be free from it. 3. cook home made food n make his choice food look more attractive n tastier. add color, variety, novelty and taste to it. 4. Share with him the side effects of junk food such as obesity, heart problems, arthritis, diabetes, dullNess, lowering of self esteem due to fat deposits in body which make will make look fat n unhealthy. U cud try doing an exercise with u r child in which u cud tie foam/cotton on left hand, left leg and left side chest of his body with a tape. n keep right side chest, hand and leg as it is. make himy wear a full sleeve T-shirt on top. He will look obese from one side and ask him how does he feel with this extra layer of fat. Show him pictures of obese people and the problems faced by them. 5. U cud set his roune in which there is time for exercise, outdoor play. Appreciate him for keeping away from junk food and keep motivating him. This should help!

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Parentune Support

| Aug 11, 2014

Hi Aanchal, Thank you for sharing your concern with us. We understand your concern. While you receive suggestions and inputs from fellow parents on parentune, in the meantime, here are some blogs which deals with the concern area mentioned by you and may be of help - https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/healthy-food-habits/168 https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/brazen-baneful-burger/428 https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/health-hazards-of-french-fries/388 https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/workshop-on-nutrition-and-food-parents-day-2014/432

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