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67% of parents let their children decide what to eat at mealtimes.

As childhood obesity levels soar in the UK, an online voucher code website has been researching some of the possible reasons for this. They surveyed parents asking for honest answers into the eating habits of their children.

Asking how much their children have control of what they eat and how often they eat certain foods considered unhealthy, they found 67% of parents let their children choose what they eat regularly.

They also asked parents how often they allowed their children to eat snacks, convenience and fast foods as well as sugary drinks and the results were as follows:  

Sugary and fizzy drinks – 62% of parents allow their children to drink these every day. 

Caffeine drinks – 14% of children are drinking these drinks every day.  

Crisps and Snacks – 32% of parents let their children eat these every day.  

Chocolate, biscuits & breakfast bars - 39% of parents give their children these every day.  

Raw vegetables, fruit or nuts as a snack - 26% of parents have never given their children these.  

Pre-prepared ready meals - 45% of parents will feed their children these meals at least a couple of times a week.  

Sausage rolls & shop bought sandwiches – 28% of children are given these at least once a week.

Furthermore the website looked at family attitudes to food and found that 20% of parents don’t involve their children in meal preparations, 23% don’t eat as a family and 39% admitted that their children are fussy eaters.


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