Study shows comforting kids with food may not be a good idea

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Parents, listen up: If you treat your kids to sweets when they’re feeling down, it may be lead to overeating later in life. We have details in today’s MomsEveryday minute.

When you’re feeling depressed, do you reach for a carrot or a bowl of ice cream? And as a parent, do you treat your kids to something sweet to soothe them? Emotional eating is not uncommon in children and teenagers, and a lot of it has to do with parents’ use of emotional feeding.

According to a recent Norwegian study, school-age children whose parents fed them more to soothe their negative feelings were more likely to eat emotionally later on. Emotional eating is eating when you feel sad or upset or in response to another negative mood, and we tend to reach for sweets or other high-calorie foods, leading to overeating.

Emotional eating is also being tied to the development of later eating disorders. Rather than comforting our children with food, the study authors suggest parents and caregivers calm kids by talking, offering a hug or other soothing methods that don’t involve eating.

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