Effectiveness of repeated exposure of food on young children’s eating behavior



Previous studies suggest that a repeated exposure of food as the most effective way to enhance young children’s eating behaviors (Birch, McPhee, Shoba, Pirok & Steinberg, 1987; Birch & Marlin, 1982; Pliner, 1982; Sullivan & Birch, 1994; Wardle et al., 2003). Focusing on visual cues of food, such as color and shape, to increase food intake has several benefits. For instance, visual cues are the first information that children perceive prior to food intake, and they can be easily manipulated in research settings. Also, some studies demonstrated that exposure of food during play and educational settings may be effective in increasing food preferences (Heath et al., 2011; Heim et al., 2009; Morris & Zidenberg-Cherr, 2002). The present study aims to find whether exposure of visual cues of food have an influence on changing the amount of food consumption among young children by employing play activities that emphasize visual exposure of food.


Soojin Lee : E.mail: yoonbang88@gmail.com

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