Children copy their eating behavior to that of their peers. This is evident from the doctoral research of Kirsten Bevelander of the Radboud University Nijmegen.
The behavioral scientist investigated whether peers influence each other in choice of food (healthy or unhealthy) and food intake (many or few sweets). They did so with several experiments in children of primary school age in their own schools and at supermarkets.
Children indeed seem to influence each other and this behaviour can go unconscious. "Children often do not realize that she's eating another copy It is also very fast.
One child can be more influenced by the behavior of a peer than the other. Overweight children are more likely too eat to much in the company of someone who eats a lot. "Children with a healthy weight stopped eating sooner. Children with low self-esteem are more likely to adapt to the eating of another person," says the researcher.
Promote healthy behavior.
That social influence is so powerful, can also be used to promote healthy eating. They can be influened them to choose healthier products."
The creation of a healthy environment makes sense!