A Breakthrough in Understanding Child Eating Habits


Over the weekend, I had an epiphany about children’s eating habits. As most people who have been involved in feeding children  at one time or another have discovered, most children do not like eating vegetables.

I know myself, when I was young, I wouldn’t eat much in the way of vegetables. Corn? – okay; Carrots? – occasionally. Green stuff? – forget it. No freaking way. Yes, it’s different today when often the first thing that I go for is a vegetable, but when I was a kid? – never.

And now I have figured out why that is. It has nothing to do with the vegetable itself. It’s all about the color green. As that famous philosopher K. T. Frog once said – “it’s not easy being green.” It is the greenness of the vegetables that children find so repugnant.

“Why is that?” you may ask. The explanation is quite simple, really. It is an innate understanding that when they become adults (and for some when they become a teenager) they will be forced to perform that onerous task known as mowing the lawn, or cutting grass. Green grass – hence the aversion to the color green.

How do I know this is true? It has begun for 2015. I had to perform that duty for the first time this year. And it sure as hell won’t be the last. So it is obvious – my instinctive aversion to “green” when I was a child was indeed a very accurate instinct.

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3 Responses to A Breakthrough in Understanding Child Eating Habits

  1. Zeus0209 says:

    Perhaps associative conditioning may be useful in your dilemma.

    Cash is green. Have the child or teen smell a greenback (the Pavlovian bell if you will), then make the greenback available dependent upon whatever the desired outcome may be. viz. an ingested plate of green brussel sprouts, a mowed green lawn, a washed green car… The curse of the green may yet be broken.

  2. Jessica says:

    And by the way… deal with it..until you want someone else to cone cut the grass….at least you didn’t have to do the hedges :)

  3. Jessica says:

    Um..no…not even close . I beg to differ , in fact I demand to differ. Children are predisposed to please adults, if they hear an adult say they don’t like something, they’re automatically not gonna like it either, even if they don’t try it, simply because the adult they’re around said they didnt. You know fully well that kids who have adults around them with varied tastes in all food tend to be more adventurous. Lest I call to mind 5 year Olds who tear up Lobster or an 11 year old who loves Brussels sprouts.

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