At A Green Unicorn we are launching an awareness campaign called TheyAreSweetEnough to promote awareness and help parents to display healthy behaviors to their children at home.

Experts at the World Health Organization estimate that there are over 41 million overweight children who are under the age of 5. Research shows that overweight and obese children are more likely to stay obese into adulthood.

According to research published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, “Childhood Obesity can profoundly affect children’s physical health, social and emotional well-being, and self esteem. It is also associated with poor academic performance and a lower quality of life experienced by the child.”

Did you know that obese children often consume larger food portions but eat fewer fruits and vegetables from an early age?

Research shows that the obesity rates have increased in parallel with increasing portion sizes. When you “supersize” your meal at a fast food joint, you are told that you’re saving money — basically, getting more for your buck. But you’re also consuming a lot more calories than your body needs, or can use, for energy.

Childhood Obesity stems from the consumption of empty calories, which supply little or no nutritional value. So, children are overfed and under-nourished.

With the increasing of portion sizes, young adults are unaware of what appropriate portions look like anymore.

Skipping breakfast can actually lead to weight gain. Studies indicate that regular breakfast consumption will reduce the risk of childhood obesity and improve a child’s physical activity behaviors. Without a proper breakfast, children and adolescents will feel fatigued. They will be less likely to engage in physical activity that burns calories.

A Healthy Breakfast contains protein, fiber, healthy fats and antioxidants. Avoid serving children foods that are processed and contain added sugars, like cereals marketed to children.

I know that sometimes we just ran out of ideas and get bored of having the same plain breakfast. Well, it doesn’t have to be like that anymore, go to my Freebies and donwload some of my breakfast recipes for your kids.

Sources: World Health Organization; J Family Med Prim Care: “Childhood obesity: causes and consequences”; www.draxe.com

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