Junior won’t touch broccoli, and Sally refuses to eat carrots. This is a common occurrence at any dinner table populated with children. It’s a frustrating battle to get kids to make healthy choices when it comes to food, not only at home but at school as well. School cafeteria food isn’t any better than it was when you were a kid. Of course, there are healthy options on hand, but kids will always choose the french fries over the carrot sticks nearly every time.
A recent study by Cornell University asked children between the ages of 6 and 12 to choose between two food items for their lunches, apple slices and french fries. 91% of the kids chose the french fries over the apple slices.
The kids were then shown images of their favorite superheroes, strong and fit, like Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man. Researchers asked the kids what food item the superheroes would eat, and all of the children replied with apple slices.
The kids were asked again to chose between apple slices and french fries for themselves, and the results changed. Only 55% of the kids selected french fries.
The results show that the role models and good examples that superheroes stand for have an influence on kids. Parents might think about how to inspire better eating habits with their kids by using their favorite superheroes as examples.