Every day, we hear something on the news about the obesity crisis in this country. And every day, parents, grandparents, doctors, dietitians, and the First Lady try to find a new way to encourage kids to eat healthy. In my profession, we preach that being an example to kids, parent encouragement, and filling your home with healthy options are some the keys to help your child know how to make the best choices when they are on their own. But a new study published by researchers at Cornell University shows we have been missing a “super” important piece of the puzzle.
Yes, Batman, appears to be the key to wellness.
In a study published in Pediatric Obesity, 22 children ages 6-12 were offered “apple fries” (raw apple slices) or French fries during several Wednesday lunches at a summer camp. During one lunch, the children were shown 12 pictures of superheroes and role models, and asked “what would this person eat?” The researcher hypothesized that the children who imagined the superheroes eating apples would be more likely to choose the apples for themselves. They were correct.