Facts on Healthy Eating for Kids

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Facts on Healthy Eating for Kids
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Fast food, frozen dinners and high-fat meals are so common in America that many kids are simply not eating as healthy as they should. By preparing nutritious family meals and snacks, parents can help children develop good eating habits at a young age that will last a lifetime.

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Significance

With up to 25 per cent of kids in the United States considered obese, childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions.

Types

Healthy foods for children include fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and low-sugar breakfast cereals.

Considerations

Even though eating right is vital part of a child's health, exercise must also be encourage during childhood years.

Warning

Studies have shown that those who become obese as children are more likely to suffer from heart disease and high blood pressure as adults.

Misconceptions

Even if young children aren't overweight, unhealthy eating practices can lead to quick weight gain as their metabolism slows down in their teenage years.

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