Pester power of children can influence family diet

18 September 2020

Children’s ‘pester power’ may help families to eat more healthily at home, says a study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Researchers studied classrooms across two states in the southern US that delivered weekly lessons known as ‘Together, We Inspire Healthy Eating’ (WISE).

After one school year of exposure to WISE, pester power explained a significant portion of the variance in changes to children’s dietary intake and parenting practices.

‘The more pester power that parents were exposed to from their children, the greater we saw changes in the desired direction for intake of fruits and vegetables and also supportive parenting practices,’ said lead author Taren Swindle.