Nowadays, the availability of processed foods, the fresh food distribution networks and the price of food means that we have access to a large number of food products, often pre-prepared. This makes the task of choosing a healthy combination of foods much more complicated. When added to the mechanisation of our society, it provides a new challenge to keeping healthy.
As a result of these changes, it is important for families to be aware of their eating habits and to try and improve them, as children's relationships with food are learnt from the eating behaviours they see at home. Thus, just as they mimic their parents' gestures, opinions and behaviours, so too they adopt their parents’ eating practices (habits, preferences, customs etc.).
If, from an early age, children see a variety of meals served at home and are encouraged to try new flavours, textures and colours, they are likely to enjoy food more and, when they get older, to be capable of looking after their own diet.
With a little patience and a lot of perseverance, children will eventually acquire good eating habits.
In this section parents can find information on the recommended ways to create a healthy diet and examples of healthy and balanced meals which promote the so-called “Mediterranean diet”. This section also includes the estimated number of calories in foods, to help you to plan a diet that meets your children's energy needs, according to their sex, age and the amount of exercise they should do, and a self-assessment section for you and your children, to check if they are within a healthy range.