Recent Study: Sheds Disturbing Light on Kids and Fast Food
Source: Medical Daily
Now, that the kids are back in school, and life has gotten busier with after school activities and sports practice and games, for many parents the drive-thru is a quick and mess free dinner.
A recent study conducted by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that 1 in 3 American children some type of eat fast food every day. The study goes on to say, that too much fast food consumption can affect a kid’s health and even affect their ability to do good in school. The researchers agree that kids need healthy foods and not something off the dollar menu at a fast food joint.
Of the children that were surveyed, teenagers receive 17 % of their calories each day from fast food, younger children receive 9 % of their daily calories from fast food.
Depending on the child’s activity level, they should consume between 1,800 and 2,200 calories a day.
Allowing your kids fast food once a week is acceptable, families have been having pizza or other types of take out on a weekly basis for decades. Most people agree that fast food once a week is a healthy balance.
If parents find themselves stuck with no choice, but to feed their kids fast food one evening then try to make them get the healthiest thing on the menu, instead of the unhealthiest. Be sure to skip the super-size, the soda, extra cheese, and the dessert. If the kids want something sweet, they can have a piece of healthy fresh fruit when they get home.
Eliminating the majority of fast food will help keep kids weight down and end the growing obesity problem in the United States.