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Slowing Down on Fast Food

​An Effective Way to Manage Your Child's Weight

It might seem convenient at the time, cruising through the drive-through after school, practice or a big game. It can seem like a fun treat too, but those fast food burgers, fries and sodas can be detrimental to your child's weight and health.

Help curb those cravings by implementing the following tips:

  1. Plan ahead. Is the week ahead crammed with activities? Make it a point to grab some to-go snacks before the week starts. Healthy options include granola bars, yogurt, fruits and vegetables. These can help ease hunger until you can get home.
  2. Make the rainbow. Keep meals interesting by incorporating bright colors and fun options. Try your hand at fruit kebabs or vegetable plates with various dipping sauces.
  3. Clip those coupons. Let's be honest – fast food is cheap and convenient. Look for coupons and sales and consider cutting out unhealthy snacks to help save some cash.
  4. Save time at the store. Families are busy, which is why grocery delivery is growing in popularity. Order your groceries between work emails and have them ready for pick-up or delivery when you and your family get home. It saves time and fuel!

Fast Food Fast Facts

  • Calorie counts in one fast food meal can quickly exceed the recommended daily amount for children, leading to excess calories and extra weight in the long term.
  • Fast food, while packed with flavor, lacks the nutrition that kids need to grow physically and develop mentally. A lack of vitamins can lead to poor school performance and physical health problems over time.
  • It's more than a meal – fast food advertising is everywhere, making it harder to resist. It's important to curb the habit early and avoid using it as a reward. Healthy habits start at home.
  • Even if your child lives an active lifestyle, too much fast food can lead to health problems and weight troubles. And the habit of the drive-through can carry into adolescence and adulthood as well.

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