What your kids eat and drink makes a big difference in their health and body weight. Over weight kids have tripled in the last twenty years. In a large part it’s due to heavily sugared drinks and junk foods. Of course lack of exercise plays its part. To keep your kids at a healthy weight, see that they cut back on the sugary drinks and junk food. Get them outside playing ball, badminton or any other fast moving sport, and provide wholesome food and drinks.
What your kid eats and drinks makes a big difference in his state of health and well being. The number of overweight children have tripled in the last twenty years. A new study shows that the beverage habits and junk food choices are related in a big way to body weight. The main choice of drinks for kids are nutrient poor sweetened beverages, including fruit drinks, soft drinks and presweetened teas.
On average teen age boys consume 32 ounces of sweetened drinks a day. That’s a total of 13 percent of his total daily calories. Teen age girls drink an average of 22 percent, an average of 12 percent of her daily calories. Add junk food consumed to that number and you can see how it all adds up. Then add lack of exercise to that and you can see why we have so many over weight kids today.
What your kid drink and eat contributes to his state of health and his body weight. Mix vegetables juices and fruit juices in your blender (forget the sugar) and offer those healthy drinks. Encourage your kids to drink plain water and low fat milk as much as possible. The mix of essential nutrients in milk promotes health and plays a key role in maintaining a healthy body weight.
Calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth. Low fat milk is recommended for it’s calcium content, vitamin A, magnesium, and potassium. Kids who drink healthy vegetable, fruit juices and low fat milk are more likely to maintain a healthy body weight. Now cut down on the junk food. Instead of chips, offer fruit. Find substitutes for all the favorite junk food, and keep the unhealthy stuff out of the house.
Think about what you want your kids to drink and eat from an early age. Prepare healthy drinks and snacks instead of soft drinks and junk snacks. Remember that sugary drinks and junk food contributes to an over weight unhealthy child. Milk, healthy juices and healthy food contributes to a healthy lean child. Get your kids outside playing and exercising. Limit TV and video games. It’s all up to you the parent.