Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers reviewed and explored the relationship between parents and children’s diets .
What is very interesting is the association between parents and children’s diets was weak.
Children’s eating habits are affected by many complex factors, with the family environment playing just a partial role.
Greater attention needs to be paid to the influence of schools, the local dietary environment, peer influence, school meals and food advertising.
The conclusion of the lead researcher, Youfa Wang, is that “parents need to be better empowered to be good role models and help their children eat a healthy diet .”