Teaching Healthy Eating

Teaching Healthy Eating
Janie Smith
Teaching Our Children Healthy Eating
Teaching healthy eating to children at an early age will prevent obesity and other health conditions later in life. Millions of people in the United States are obese, suffer from diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease and stroke because they are overweight and in some cases they die from these conditions according to the American Heart Association (2010). The reality of this epidemic is unless parents start teaching children how to eat healthy then these conditions will affect them later in life.
My question is “How can we help our children if we are the one’s hurting them by not teaching them how to eat healthy?” It is a scientific fact that children need more calories than we do as adults because they have more energy than we do. The proper nutrition for children is as follows: children are to eat six to 11 servings of bread, cereal, rice, and pasta; three to five servings of vegetables; two to four servings of fruit; two to three servings of milk, yogurt, and cheese; two to three servings of meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs, and nuts according to Teaching Our Kids Healthy Eating Habits (2009). Parent’s need to limit the amount of fats, oils, or sweets he or she feed his or her children according to Teaching Our Kids Healthy Eating Habits (2009).
Many parents make the mistake of feeding their children what they want, instead of what they need. Children should only eat the proper nutrients for their body’s sustainability. Parents can find fun ways of teaching their children healthy ways to eat snacks. For example, Peanut butter celery sticks, cheese, and tuna with crackers all make good snacks. Parents can try a few tricks to help their children eat new foods. A parent can use immunity to help his or her children eat healthier foods by telling him or her if he or she try eating new foods, he or she do not have to eat it again.
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