Friday, September 01, 2006

Your kids are what they eat

Is your child a waffle fry and a chicken nugget? Is your child greasy and fried? Gross. But seriously, people. What are you feeding your kids?

This article is from one of my favorite resources, Dr. Alan Greene. If you have any concern at all for your child's health, please read this.

On any given day, more than 30 percent of children in the U.S. will eat fast food, according to a Harvard study in the January 2004 Pediatrics. Is there a difference in health between kids who eat fast food and those who do not?
This study looked at over 6000 kids. Those who did eat fast food consumed, on average, 187 calories more each day than their peers. This isn't a lot - but it can add up to a huge amount over time. They also consume an average of 9 grams more fat, 24 grams more carbs, 26 grams more sugar, and 228 grams more sweetened drinks. The differences add up to about 6 pounds of extra weight per year in the average child who eats fast food - from eating fast food 2 or 3 times a week. And all the extra calories, fat, sugar, and carbs come while eating less food total. Beyond that, these kids are missing out on important nutrients for healthy growth. They eat fewer fruits and vegetables, drink less milk, and get less fiber. All in all, not a great trade off!

So what can we do? Be conscious about what we let our children eat. If your kid is a McDonald's addict at age 3 - just imagine what he'll be like when he's 13. Obese? Unhealthy? Clogged arteries?

Try to get your kid addicted to health. Just try. Start at the grocery store. Stop wasting your money on unhealthy foods and invest in your child's health by choosing more natural and organic groceries. Check out this site that helps you figure out if you're eating healthy or not.

Here's more from Dr. Greene...

When you choose organic, you’re not only protecting your family’s health, you’re helping to protect the environment, too. The environment is our groundwater . . . it’s our world. Organic is healthy for farmers, healthy for plants, healthy for animals, and healthy for kids. It’s a legacy we can feel good about leaving to future generations.

I'm aware (thanks to the media) that many fast food establishments are now offering kids "healthier options" in their kiddy meal paks. Like fruit soaked in sugary syrup. Or teeth-rotting juice. Do your homework people, some of those fast food "health" choices have just as much or more fat than the fries. Shortcut? Read this guy's experience and research.

Next time you're tempted to go thru a drive thru and have it your way, stop and think about what you're doing to your body and your child's body. Please.