Escape from the "Clean Plate Club"
Research has shown that teaching children to clean their plates can lead to eating disorders, obesity, diabetes, and eventually heart disease. Teaching children to continue eating until their plates are empty is completely opposite of the instincts that we are born with. Think of babies: they eat until they are full, they burp when they are done, and they cry when they are hungry again. It is our raw human instinct to only eat as much as our body needs for fuel, yet we have retrained our brains over time to eat until the plate is clean. We stopped listening to our body’s natural signs like sighing, hiccuping, or burping to tell us our stomachs are full.
There are many studies that have found that young adults who listen to the internal signs of hunger and fullness to guide their eating habits have a lower body mass index than those who use external cues of an empty plate; the adults that listened to their instincts also have lowered instances of eating disorders……Read More