So much has already been written about healthy eating for children that the material would fill entire classrooms. Nevertheless, it is an important topic.
Often, children leave the house in the morning without having breakfast and buy candy bars at the kiosk instead. Or, if they do have breakfast, they eat supposedly child-friendly breakfast cereals. What both of these scenarios have in common is their high sugar content. A cup of children’s cereal contains one third of refined sugar. And children are used to refined sugar. Even baby products such as porridge or snacks contain large quantities of it. And so it continues. Yoghurt, ketchup or juice advertised for children are often largely made up of sugar, which carries flavor and is inexpensive.
As a result, every 7th child is overweight. Childhood obesity may damage coronary and cerebral vessels and joints such as knee joints and lead to metabolic diseases. Overweight children are often teased and bullied, which leads to psychological pressure. As a result, they may turn to eating out of frustration and a vicious circle develops.
That’s why the following is important for parents:
- Explain why refined sugar can be bad and dangerous
- Lead by example and avoid sugar as much as possible. According to the WHO, the recommended daily dose for adults are 8 sugar cubes, or about 24 grams
- Develop a plan together, which types of food should be consumed more often, because they are healthy and what should be on the menu less frequently.
- An outright ban rarely works. It is better to create awareness that certain foods are unhealthy, even though they may be delicious. Therefore, rare but deliberate indulgences should be permitted.