A recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics has confirmed the obvious: there is a link between high sugar consumption and childhood obesity. The study followed the diet and exercise habits of two-, four-, and five-year-olds across the country. Researchers found that that four- and five-year-olds who consumed more sugary drinks per day were found to be overweight or obese.
Childhood obesity is a tragedy because it can be avoided easily. Many parents simply lack education in the field of nutrition and don’t know what measures they should be taking to prevent it, or that they should be actively making any effort at all. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a nutritionist to know that kids need the same vitamins and minerals as adults in order to grow and live happily and energetically.
Think of your children as tiny adults; feed their bodies the same way you would feed your own, but with smaller serving sizes. Instead of empty carbs like chips and candy, make healthy snack foods like nuts, fruits, and seeds a regular part of their diet. Keep their sugar intake in check, remembering the fact that the recommended daily sugar intake for adults is 40 grams per day. Two- to three-year-olds should consume a third of this amount at most, and older children should consume half. Their meal and snack schedule should be about the same as yours, but the portions should be cut according to this general scale. Make your diet a bonding activity! Visit organic food stores to find delicious, healthy snacks for both you and your children.