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‘Let kids go hungry’

Ross and Russel
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Celebrity chef Curtis Stone has told parents not to pander to fussy eaters, urging them to stand firm if their kids refuse to eat what’s on their plate and let them go hungry until they decide to comply.

The controversial stance has parents split 

Burnso and Kate spoke to Dr Sharleen O’Reilly, from Deakin University, who was a tad gentler when it came to dealing with picky eaters at the dinner table and encouraged parents to make mealtime more interactive.

‘When you think about it, they’ve got their L-plates on for learning how to eat,’ Dr O’Reilly said. ‘They’re independent little people and normally they like to be involved in their meals.’

‘Children won’t go hungry if they’re hungry.’

Listen to 3AW Breakfast speak to Dr Sharleen O’Reilly from Deakin University’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition 


Alice Pryor, from Parents’ Voice, told Neil Mitchell she feels saving food until the next mealtime simply adds to the battle.

Ms Pryor stressed the importance of building a healthy relationship between children and their food. 

‘Parenting is stressful enough,’ Ms Pryor said. ‘Putting something away and bringing it out for the next meal seems like you’re asking for conflict.’

Listen as Neil speaks to Alice Pryor from Parents’ Voice (formerly The Parents’ Jury)





Ross and Russel