Treats! How Sweet!

The class is beginning to gel. Expectations are set and the reward systems are in place. It is probably pretty clear at this point which students will work hard to meet expectations, and which ones you still need to win over. But...what do you know about their attitudes - their food attitudes?

Food Identity
While not set for life, studies have shown that many students begin to form strong views on food by 2nd and 3rd grade. In one study children as young as 5 years old expressed concern about becoming fat. In another study, among children 8-10, 29% of boys and 41% of girls were dieting and exercising to control their weight.

Good or Bad
Perceptions play a strong role not only in children's views of themselves, but their views about food. Today's nutritional programs tend to avoid labeling food as "bad" or "good." Yet the view persists. It is still a part of our daily terms and phrases... "Would you like an apple? It’s good for you." If some things are good for you than some things must be bad for you. Correct? Pre-school children are old enough to view food as a source of energy to grow and play and to know that some foods give you more energy than others....and that too much of anything can be counterproductive.

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