Certainly the UK has a bizarre children's food culture which seems to focus on processed foods and tricking children into eating healthily (eg questionable sugary drinks boasting that they are containing five a day as it is "too much to expect" them to actually like veggies so we have to disguise it as something else).
There are very low expectations of kids' palates. An assumption that they have to be given snacks and treats all the time and that they will only eat foods that are bland or sweet. My friend's little boy likes olives,hummus and strong flavours like that. Cool kid.
CW people have a weird relationship with food - almost like it is an enemy. Most people think that anything that tastes nice is bad for you. So healthy food must taste crap and eating healthy means deprivation and punishing yourself. The typical lunch in my office is a sandwich, a fizzy drink and a bag of crisps and maybe a fruit. Eating whilst typing away. Depressing.
I have a 22 month-old son. We let him watch a couple TV shows during the day (he loves Mickey Mouse and superheroes). Other than that, he's playing and learning the rest of the day.
On the Disney Jr. channel, they have a couple animated shorts in between their regular shows. One of them is called "The Bite-sized Adventures of Sam Sandwich". It's about a superhero sandwich and his vegetable sidekick (he's made out of vegetables!), who fight villains that try to get kids to eat junk fast food. The theme song starts "He's the hero made of bread..." *facepalm*
While I applaud promoting "healthy eating", bread isn't on the list of "healthy".
SW (1/4/12): 326 lbs. (48% BF)
Steak and Eggs SW (5/11/13): 198 lbs.
CW (6/2/13): 185.4 lbs. (??% BF)
GW: 185 lbs. (~15% BF)
0.4 lbs. to go, ??% BF to go
The Sam sandwich thing also gets on my nerves. It's too bad the broccoli needs to be the sidekick!
If you don't introduce kids to junk food early they don't have a preference for it. My son has always prefered strong flavored, real foods: aged cheeses, shitake mushrooms, grilled mackerel.
I had an aunt, who used to always complain that her children would "only eat chips" (and other junk food). Strangely, when the cousins visited us on their own, they would come out into our garden and gather eggs from the hens, berries from the vines and vegetables from the greenhouse, and then help cook and eat a wholesome dinner with us. The aunt was pretty lazy and didn't do chores around the house, so we were pretty certain that she never offered them anything except packaged junk.
One summer I had a hostess job at a restaurant. We had a kids' menu, with crayons and everything. Inevitably some parents would be insulted that I offered their kid the kids' menu... But then other parents wouldn't dream of having their 12 yr old order off the regular menu. It was so weird to see these older kids who clearly never eat anything but mac and cheese and hot dogs, even on vacation with their families. It made me wonder if their parents cook them a whole separate meal at home. Who needs that nonsense?