Children’s books may boost appetite for unhealthy food
Reading picture books aloud remains a cherished ritual of childhood – one enjoyed by adults and children alike, whether at bedtime, in pre-school, or during story hour at the public library. Little wonder. The brightly illustrated stories evoke happiness, discovery, and loving family relationships. Many of them also feature food, especially ice cream and desserts. After all, nothing says mama loves you like a plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies. But could the way food is portrayed in picture books be sending the wrong messages to children about healthy eating? A study led by a UConn researcher suggests that it does.