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Most of the families who say that their child does not eat have unrestricted consumption of packaged food, aka junk food habits. Packed food presentations, which we mostly started by saying ‘no matter what he eats whether he is hungry’, can become the main cause of nutritional rejection after a while. As access to packaged foods increases, an endless junk food war between the child and their parents. And the winners are mostly children. So is it possible to break this cycle? My answer is a huge Yes. But it is necessary to be patient and to understand well the effects of such foods on children. If we do not understand how children feel both physiologically and psychologically when eating such foods, and if we cannot empathize with the child, our chances of progress are reduced. Turkey Medicals member and clinic Child Development Specialist wrote….

Junkies, which we call junk food, have high motives for children to get pleasure due to their content. The purpose of preparing this type of food is to ensure that they are consumed, although they are unhealthy and poor in nutritional value. Therefore, whether it is an adult or a child, junk food is a food that is easily consumed, the amount of which is difficult to control. When we adults and children also start, you can eat such food until it clogs.


At the same time, junk food is consumed easily enough to allow children to feed themselves. Parents do not insist and pressure the child to eat more when he gives a packet of biscuits to the child’s hand, or to feed the biscuit. Taking control of nutrition into their own hands relaxes the children and they begin to show more interest in this type of food. Remember! Nutrition becomes easier if there is no stress.


While developing nutritional skills, children tend to prefer foods that they know their taste and texture. This is due to the fact that he has confidence in these foods. It is very easy to form this feeling of confidence in packaged foods. Because both the products in one package and the taste in all packages of the same product are perfectly identical. When you buy a pack of crackers, some of them are bitter, some of them are not sour or more salty. They are all perfectly identical. This is one of the reasons why children learn that they are not surprised when they eat these foods and they want this type of food more.


Let’s face it! If we offer the child a list of options with chocolate in it, no food will catch the charm of chocolate in this race. For example, if you have a reward system such as ‘I will give you chocolate if you eat your food’, the meal time can turn into a big stubbornness. Pay attention to the that there is no chocolate or such strong flavors among the options.


Restricting the consumption of junk food should not only be a child-specific order. Children who know that other people consume this type of food at home become more resistant to their desires. Therefore, it is important that the consumption of individuals at home is also restricted. Children often notice that these foods are also consumed in environments where they are not themselves. Therefore, it is necessary to establish order in an intimate way. Another point that should be noted is our mood when we adults consume this type of food. If the family sulks at the dinner table, consumes food quickly, takes our tea, coffee and junk food as soon as possible and goes to the TV, if our mood improves at once, the children become more demanding of such food. Because the message we give to children at such tables is ‘food is boring junk food is fun’. To get out of this cycle, the time spent with children during meal times should become fun, shared and enjoyable.


Completely cutting down on junk food consumption can cause children to be much more interested in this type of food. Therefore, taking into account the meal times, food can be offered in controlled quantities.

Step by step, these foods can be replaced by delicious homemade alternatives. For example, instead of packed cakes, you can bake cakes together with your child, turning it into a pleasant activity in the kitchen. You can make homemade chocolates. The involvement of children in these processes paves the way for them to be more easily convinced to consume healthy organic foods in Turkey.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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