Monday, January 21, 2013

Children and the Dangers of Sweets

With holidays, birthdays, and special family gatherings, it can almost be guaranteed that children will be tempted to overindulge in sweets--candy, cookies, cake, ice cream, and more.  In moderation, sugar is not really a problem.  But as we all know, an overabundance of sugar ingestion can lead to all sorts of health problems including diabetes, obesity, heat disease, and more.  It behooves us as parents to establish good habits with our children to protect them from these potential dangers.

It starts from almost the beginning of their lives.  Patience is the most important thing in dealing with this issue because your child will be bombarded with sweet things, and these foods will look appealing.  In fact, there is a lot of peer pressure to eat such items.  Why eat dinner or healthy snacks when you can have the good-tasting, quick-boosting rush of sweets?

Some ideas to protect your children would include offering alternatives to sugar-laced foods, limiting your child's exposure to commercials that advertise these foods, and not taking trips to the candy store.  You will never be able to ban sweet things around the house.  In fact, that will probably backfire if you try it.  Make sure you talk with your friends and family members about your concerns and expectations so they do not mistakenly provide unhealthy sweets to your child.  Consistency is key in this area, and in the end, all your effort will be well worth it.


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