Kids won’t eat veggies? Try rewards, a study says 小孩不吃蔬菜 試試獎賞

Thu, Feb 09, 2012 - Page 15

If your preschoolers turn up their noses at carrots or celery, a small reward like a sticker for taking even a taste may help get them to eat previously shunned foods, according to a UK study.

Though it might seem obvious that a reward could tempt young children to eat their vegetables, the idea is actually controversial, researchers wrote in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

That’s because some studies have shown that rewards can backfire and cause children to lose interest in foods they already liked, said Jane Wardle, a researcher at University College London who worked on the study.

“We would recommend that parents consider using small non-food rewards, given daily for tasting tiny pieces of the food — smaller than half a little finger nail,” Wardle said in an email.

The study found that when parents gave their three- and four-year-olds a sticker each time they took a “tiny taste” of a disliked vegetable, it gradually changed the children’s attitudes.

(REUTERS)

英國一份研究指出,倘若你家的學齡前兒童對胡蘿蔔或芹菜不屑一顧,就算他只嘗一口,也送他一張貼紙之類的小獎品,也許能幫助他們吃下原本令之退避三舍的食物。

研究人員在《美國臨床營養期刊》上寫到,儘管利用獎品來誘使小孩吃蔬菜的做法,也許看似稀鬆平常,但這種觀念其實是具有爭議性的。

從事該研究的英國倫敦大學學院研究員珍‧瓦多說,這是因為部分研究顯示,獎品也有可能招致反效果,導致小孩對他們原本就喜歡的食物失去興趣。

瓦多在一封電子郵件中指出:「我們推薦家長考慮使用非食物的小獎品,(只要小孩)嘗很小一塊(他們討厭的)食物,小到比小指指甲一半還小,就每天給獎品。」

該研究發現,只要三歲與四歲的小孩每次吃一小口他們不喜歡的蔬菜,家長就給他們一張貼紙,能夠逐漸改變小孩的態度。

(路透/翻譯:張沛元)