Parents are putting their young children at risk of obesity by giving them too much food, leading health and nutrition experts have warned.
A survey of 1,000 British mums and dads revealed that 79% routinely offered their pre-school aged children meal portions bigger than the recommended size.
It also found that more than 10% of parents usually serve their child close to an adult-size portion on popular meals such as spaghetti Bolognese.
Food being used as a ‘pacifier’
There was also a tendency for parents to use food or drink between meals as a “pacifier”, with 36% of parents using this method to calm children down when they are upset.
Just a quarter of parents said they were “very confident” about the amount of food to give to their child, and younger parents aged 18-24 years old were significantly less confident than older parents.