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Children learning to Cook have healthier eating habits

Obesity is a devastating disease that is widespread, reaching different cultures and social classes.
It is characterized as a chronic inflammatory disease that is a precursor to, or is associated with, a set of modern diseases such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke and several types of cancers, that represent the leading cause of premature death in the world. Draws attention to the alarming increase in the incidence of obesity in children, with even more serious consequences.

The origins of obesity are multifactorial, with the majority of the factors associated with unhealthy lifestyle. Among these, the eating pattern stands out as one of the main, associated with low physical activity. One reason that has been cited as a cause of the change in the eating pattern in recent decades is the less time spent by families in the preparation of your meals. The precise cause which led to this cultural change so abruptly is not yet completely understood.

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ome factors, however, have been suggested by some studies-from the greater parental involvement with work, greater accessibility to processed foods, increasing average income, associated with a wide dissemination and popularization of restaurants and fast foods. Some of us still remember that older, even in the wealthiest classes, go to a restaurant was an exception, reserved for any special celebration (the same happened with the refrigerant). Today, in many middle-class families, home cooking has become the exception, which occurs in few situations. These associated factors, besides producing a rupture in the culinary culture of families, are developing very unhealthy eating habits.

In an attempt to point solutions to this problem, a study published last week in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice and Policy discusses an interesting aspect of this issue. The authors of the research conducted a systematic review of eight other studies that have tested the effect of programs that teach children from 5 to 12 years to cook on the pattern of food choices of these children in the future.

The results demonstrate that learning to cook positively influence children in their choices and eating behaviors, suggesting that this action can develop long-term healthy eating habits in these adults of tomorrow.

Involve the kids in the kitchen, either with formal courses, or even at home, can be decisive for the future health of this small individual, in addition to providing a playful and enjoyable opportunity for interaction between parents and children.

This action must begin with the parents. With the large amount of books and TV shows available today it is almost impossible to say that a person cannot learn to cook.


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