The Eating Game has been granted Patent Rights
US PATENT # 8,333,593 B2
I have been asked if The Eating Game recommends eating nutrient-dense foods, organic foods, free range foods, clean foods. To be honest, if it did it would vastly limit its use and success where needed. Not that I wouldn’t recommend all of the above but for many it is perhaps not available to them for many reasons. What The Eating Game does promote is the choice of a healthy variety of foods that meets the recommendations of Canada’s Food Guide. We of course hope that parents will provide the best they can for their children.
The Eating Game needs to be an opportunity for kids from many backgrounds (knowledge of nutrition, socioeconomic status, other available/affordable support systems/organizations/doctors/therapists) it is not about the quality of foods being eaten (unfortunately) but rather about the variety of foods from the 4 food groups in our Canada’s Food Guide (much like guides from other countries)
There are over 200 food pictures, color coded for the 4 food groups – fruit & vegetables, grains, meat & alternatives, milk & alternatives. Then there are 5 daily meal planners based on age groups established by the food guide. It is meant to become part of the child’s/familiy’s daily routine. Originally invented for a child with autism but providing success internationally for children who are not autistic ~ it is making a difference in many lives.
I think the fact that it puts the child “in control” of making food choices for their meals is a main reason for its success. This is what picky eaters strive for and what kids with autism need. It is very visual, structured and hands on. It only requires 2 skills: 1) being able to make a choice 2) being able to match 4 colors. For a child who can manipulate the pictures themselves it offers an opportunity for independence and teaches healthy eating skills for a lifetime! Kids with autism generally don’t like surprises (many if not most meals are) so The Eating Game also offers them the predictability they need. Kids report that it is fun!
One always hopes that families are able to purchase the best quality of foods available and we need to strive to educate all but The Eating Game does not do that specifically. Parents will do the best they can when making food purchases.
Many children have other issues (SPD, allergies/food intolerances, medical issues) that need to be addressed before The Eating Game is used but then it does support any special diets needed because (although the kids don’t think about this) the parent is in control; they present the foods for choice. And of course the”bread” could be gluten free, “the bananas” could be organic, the “milk” could be almond and some foods may never be presented.
The Eating Game will meet the needs of many children and families struggling to improve eating habits and eat healthy meals. It is the opportunity we need to give our children to prepare them to be their personal best in all they do ~ it does all start with and depend on healthy bodies!