PARENTS should consider bribing their kids to eat their greens in a bid to tackle the nation's obesity crisis, health experts say.
They suggest paying children to eat vegetables like broccoli and spinach, in exchange for putting small amounts of money into a bank account, could be an effective solution to changing dietary habits.
The idea was coined by Tam Fry, of the UK's National Obesity Forum chanty, and has been supported by specialists in Australia.
"Green vegetables have a bitter taste to children but they must understand from an early age that not everything is sweet. Any reward you might offer them to eat their vegetables must be something of value," he said.
"Money is always a good incentive.
"It is a tangible reward for children eating their vegetables but allows them to understand the value of money and how to save it for later in life."
How much would you bribe your children with to eat their greens?
This poll ended on 12 April 2017.
More than $5
$2 or less
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Latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare statistics reveal one in four Australian children are overweight or obese.
Dietitian Melanie McGrice, of melaniemcgrice.com.au, said she believed the idea had merit. "I believe that it's certainly an idea that would need some research (but) research does tend to suggest incentives is one way to help change people's behaviours," she said. "This concept sounds like something that might be able to help with behavioural change."
Ms McGrice said a child's eating habits originated from their parents and began as early as when a child is in the womb.
"Tastebuds start to be developed during the fifth month of pregnancy," she said.
Ms McGrice advised parents to give their children limited choices at meal times to help encourage them to eat healthy food. "Give them two choices (such as) would you like broccoli or broccolini?," she said.
"Or would you like potatoes or sweet potatoes?" .
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS? DO YOU AGREE WITH THE SUGGESTION TO BRIBE CHILDREN WITH MONEY TO EAT THEIR GREENS?
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