A new study has revealed that babies who are spoon-fed are more likely to become obese because their bodies do not recognize when they are full.
If you think about it, when you feed a baby, you usually feed them until the bowl is empty: even though they might shake their head you insist on them finishing their food. Some parents fret that their children may be ill or distressed if they don't finish their entire meal.
According to the Daily Mail, scientists believe babies who are given the option to feed themselves during the weaning process are less likely to become overweight as toddlers because they will stop once they feel that they have had enough to eat.
A doctor from Swansea University, Dr Amy Brown, said parents who spoon-feed their kids pureed foods create harmful eating habits which can possibly lead to childhood obesity.
A table for one
The study they did show that allowing your baby to eat by themselves during the weaning process will reduce the risks of the baby becoming overweight seeing that the baby will be in control of their own food intake.
Dr. Brown said that allowing the child to regulate his/her own appetite would help to develop what could become healthy life-long eating habits.
They compared the mass of babies who eat by themselves to babies who are spoon-fed pureed foods. They studied a group of 298 babies from the ages of six to 12 months; the researchers also studied the mass and eating behavior of the same infants between 18 and 24 months.
Babies setting boundaries
They found that babies who were taught to eat by themselves were able to stop eating when they felt that they had had enough and they were also less likely to be overweight.
The results that were found didn’t include other factors such as mothers weight, whether they were breastfed or not and more.
The findings seem to support the theory held by some parents that a child will eat when hungry and it's not necessary to force the child to eat particular quantities at particular times.
Do you insist your child finishes meals?