Redefining Food

Strong Foods, Weak Foods…

I found a great link on Twitter today. It directed to an article on childhood obesity. Or more specifically, it discussed a way to teach children to avoid bad foods.

Teach children to consider good, healthy foods as Strong foods and bad, unhealthy foods as Weak foods.  The original idea was to set-up two tables and actually display the Strong and Weak foods, however this could also be done with pictures instead of the real thing.

Nutrient Rich Food Choices
Nutrient Rich Food Choices

Strong Foods like:-

  • Nuts
  • Fruit
  • Water
  • Vegetables
  • Lean protein
  • Dairy products
  • In general quality foods in their natural state

Weak foods like:-

  • Sugar
  • Fats
  • Processed foods
  • Pizza
  • Sodas
  • Fried foods, like french fries
  • In general high calorie, high fat, high sugar foods

The logic is that kids like to be strong and will avoid weakness.  This removes the connotations of “good” and “bad”. Some kids like to think they are bad but no-one takes pride in being weak do they?

It’s a concept I’ve not heard before and I think makes a great deal of sense. Let me know if you do too.


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