Parents Vs Junk Food
Junk Food can be appealing to the kids for many reasons, including comfort, cost and taste. For kids, who don’t generally comprehend the well being results of their dietary patterns, junk food might show up particularly appealing. However, regular use of junk food can be addictive for youngsters and lead to complexities such as obesity, chronic sickness influencing how they perform in school and extracurricular activities.
Many of these are especially marketed towards children, and are the main reasons for obesity, and health issues related to the children. Nuggets, hot dogs, noodles, sugar drinks, chocolate bars are to name a few but the list go on and on. The more processed they are, the riches from the product is more for the companies who produce them but makes them very much less healthy. Health claim on the label gives wrong impression but doesn’t necessarily makes the product healthy. Most of them are nutrient-poor foods high in fat, sugar and salt.
Why kids prefer Junk Foods ?
Blame it on the multi-million marketing strategy of the companies, which plays an important role in encouraging junk food habits on the kids and are likely to continue into adulthood. Advertisements are generally very eye catchy, colorful, filled with fun activities using, super heroes and cartoon characters. Children aren’t even able to recognize that the commercials are intended to sell them things not a television show.
The advertisers are providing well known toy characters with the purchase of a meal. Most of them are giving different toys aimed at girls and a different set for boys. Even you will find the kids prefer the fast food for their choice of the toys but not for taste. Celebrity endorsed products are not far behind, all of these are contributes for increasing their demographic considerably.
Major contributing factors for the emerging diabetes in an early age is unhealthy diet full of junk and fast food. Added sugars have no nutritional value but are high in calories and add up to obesity which is a contributing factor for getting heart disease. Children who eat fast food at least three times a week are at increased risk of asthma and rhinitis. They are more likely to develop depression in later stages of their life compared to non-eaters. Foods that are high in carbohydrates increase variations blood sugar levels, they may also trigger acne. More prone to poor oral health and dental issues.
Eating junk food for just five days regularly can deteriorate your memory. Processed foods can send mixed signals to the brain which makes it difficult to process what you have eaten and how hungry you are and end up overeating. High amount of bad fats and sodium from salt causes hypertension. Eating a lot of junk food has a direct effect on the kidney functioning. Moreover it makes the child impatient and causes uncontrollable cravings. This is because of the addictive nature of the fast foods which makes the brain crave for them even if they are not hungry.
It is best to start training children about foods at a very young age itself since they are most influenced by their families during the early years. Reduce how much time your child spends watching television commercials so they are not exposed to fast food advertising. Don’t keep Junk food at home this will limit the amount of junk food your child can eat. Take them to the grocery shopping, allow them to select fruit and vegetables of their choice.
Keep healthy snacks available by placing them on low shelves in the fridge or in the cabinets so your children can reach them when hungry. Keep a bowl of fruit out so children can help themselves, since they are more likely to eat foods that are visible.
An occasional fast food meal won’t harm your child’s health and can be a fun. We should carefully read food labels to check nutrients and ingredients. Set example to them by not taking junk foods yourself. Help them find alternative choices for the cravings. Try to include this topic in your bed time stories, explain the side effects in a funny way and it always works.