Food Rewards for Kids
Food rewards are one way to get kids to eat nutritious foods or a certain amount of food. But is using palatable foods a good way to incentivize children to eat? Researchers have studied their impact on children’s eating, food preferences, and relationship with food and I cover it in this episode.
What You Will Learn
- What constitutes a food reward
- Why they are used
- What is the impact on eating habits
- How do food rewards change food preferences
- How incentivizing with food can lead to overeating
- Why a nutritious diet is at risk when parents use food as reward
- Why other non-food rewards can be beneficial
What I Cover in This Episode
- Examples of food rewards
- Scenarios when they might be used
- How they impact later adult eating behaviors
- How they encourage favorability for palatable foods
- How they can interfere with eating regulation
- How to use non-food rewards
Links I Mentioned in the Show
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Written by: Jill Castle, MS, RDN
Published on: May 11, 2017
Updated on: October 13, 2019