Dr Katie Edwards, the study’s lead author, believes that a parent’s disgust for vegetables could negatively impact a child’s acceptance of them. However, it’s unlikely that a parent would serve a vegetable they find disgusting. The food preferences of parents can influence their children. For example, the author recalls how their family’s dislike of cheese influenced their own tastes. Additionally, negative experiences with school meals, particularly overcooked vegetables, left a lasting impact. The unpleasant memories of school meals, such as curdled milk and unappetising dishes, continue to influence food choices into adulthood. However, the situation improved later in secondary school, when a new dining hall offered a wider variety of more appealing food options. Despite the positive changes, the early negative experiences with food has stuck with the author.
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