The Danone Institute International has organized a symposium during the 5th International Conference on Nutrition & Growth 2018, in Paris (France), on March 2nd, 2018.
The objective of this symposium was to present the evidence and experience-based multifaceted approach for empowering families to nurture healthy eating habits among children.
Discover below the abstracts and videos of the conferences.
The conference was chaired by Olivier GOULET (Professor of paediatrics, Head of the division of paediatric gastro-enterology-hepatology-nutrition, Hôpital Necker-Enfants malades, University Paris Descartes, France), with the following program:
by Emma HAYCRAFT, Senior lecturer in Psychology, School of Sport, Exercise and Health sciences, Loughborough University, UK
Numerous high-quality research studies have identified effective ways to empower parents to create healthier habits and to nurture healthy eating behaviours in children. These include parents adopting positive child feeding practices; families eating together; and creating a healthy home food environment.
This presentation will outline and review evidence which suggests that parents’ feeding practices and beliefs can impact children’s eating behaviours. It will consider evidence for the importance of parents as healthy role models and it will discuss ways in which parents can create a home environment which supports and nurtures healthy child eating habits, focusing on the quality, availability and accessibility of foods in the home. It will draw the evidence together into a set of recommendations for best practice which can be shared with parents, caregivers and professionals.
by Sophie NICKLAUS, Research Director, Determinants of eating behavior across life, Centre des Sciences du Goût et de l’Alimentation, UMR AgroSup Dijon, CNRS, INRA, Université Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France
Clearly, there is a need for new approaches to promote healthy eating in children, with sustainable effects. Here, we propose to use pleasure from eating as a lever to encourage healthy eating. Eating is a behavior essential to survival that has to take place several times per day. It is highly driven by the search for pleasure and reinforced by pleasure. Pleasure has to be acknowledged in public health campaigns, because of its central role in orienting behavior.
We propose to conceptualize pleasure of eating according to three dimensions:
This should help to overcome challenges, such as the dilemma of nutrition versus pleasure, by putting forward the pleasure of eating healthy foods, and not only the health benefits. Valorizing the pleasure from eating healthy foods together may increase children’s choice of healthy foods. Finally promoting the enjoyment of healthy eating might help to limit the consumption of energy-dense foods. We will develop examples to show the effects of such approaches, as well as their limits.