The importance of experiential food education

Learning to eat healthy, you can't start early enough

How do tomatoes grow? Which is healthier: steaming vegetables or cooking them? Questions that the majority of Dutch people find difficult to answer, while food skills and nutritional knowledge are the very basis for good health.

Although there are several causes of obesity, an unhealthy diet plays an important role. A combination of too low intake of fruits and vegetables, regular consumption of takeaway meals, lack of cooking skills and increased portion sizes contribute to the increased rate of obesity. Our lack of time and attention to nutrition affects not only our own health, but also that of our children. Not only are overweight and obesity increasing among adults, but so are children.

But how do you best teach children to eat healthily? At home, at school? Researcher Ilse van Lier, affiliated with the Academic chair Youth, Food & Health, is currently measuring children's food skills and revealing the relationships between food skills and children's diet quality.

In this (Dutch) article on, she talks about the ins and outs of her research.


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