If you’re struggling to lose weight – your kids might be to blame.
A new study has found the average parent eats 443 extra calories each week in leftovers from their children’s dinners, which then escalates to 506 calories during the school holidays.
The research, which polled 3003 parents, found the most common foods people steal from their kids’s plates are fatty foods, such as chips, pizza and sausages.
One in 10 parents admitted to indulging in their kids’ leftovers at every mealtime, while just 28 per cent claimed they never did.
Almost half (49 per cent) of those surveyed said the main reason they pinched food was because they didn’t want it to go to waste, while nearly a third (29 per cent) said they did it without thinking – the rest claimed they just simply felt hungry.
Of this group, 12 per cent also admitted to munching on their kids’ snacks every time as well.
The study was commissioned by LighterLife Fast, a company which focuses on mindful eating.
A spokesperson for the brand said mindful eating is “a lifestyle change, not a diet”.
“It encourages consumers to be in the moment when they are eating, focussing on what is in front of them.
“This brings focus back to portion control, food groups and flavours on a plate, whilst also encouraging consumers to listen to their bodies and determine when they are genuinely hungry or full.”