The idea that something is “easier said than done” may have been created by the task of getting kids to eat healthy foods.
Nevertheless, health experts warn that the consequences can be dire if children do not learn to love fresh spinach, for example, and instead remain with a stack of processed food diet.
More than 23 million American children are overweight or obese, according to government estimates, and many more children are at risk. Overweight children face serious health problems that were unknown in childhood just a generation ago , including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, even before they are adults.
According to Dr. Pooja Tandon, a pediatrician at the Hospital Infantil of Seattle, the sooner children start eating well, better be. Healthy behaviors should start a very young age.
Many experts believe that if children are more connected with the food – either by culturing or participated in the preparation of meals – will be more likely to choose healthy food. One of the biggest moves in teaching healthy eating for children has focused on getting young people involved in growing their own food. Some health advocates also believe that cooking classes, which were once a staple of the high school curriculum, should be returned to the public schools.
Originally posted 2013-04-19 18:59:44.