Most parents work hard to prepare nutritious, well-balanced meals for their children. But, once the children sit down to eat, what can parents do to help them learn how to eat healthy? What can parents say and do to encourage children to try new foods and to prevent them from overeating?

Research has identified three common feeding styles among parents of young children. By observing families, we have found which of these styles is the most successful in helping children eat healthy.

See how these feeding styles work—or don’t work—in common situations in the home.

Read more about the obesity prevention research and outreach in “Eat your broccoli or no cookie: Feeding styles and childhood obesity

 

 

Read more in “Smart Start: Guiding Your Child to a Lifetime of Healthy Eating” from the U.S. Cooperative Extension System.