We are eating and drinking too much sugar, and the risks associated with the intake is huge, it includes becoming overweight and tooth decay. How much sugar are you consuming? Do you care to lose weight? My 20th French Secret to Living at your Ideal Weight and Feeling sexy is about Insuline and sugar. Click here to learn more about it.
Today I want to focus this blog on our kids, because I want my kids to eat less sugar. Sugar is such a social problem like alcohol is in the adult population. No I don’t find it normal that teachers ask parents for bags of candy at beginning of school year to have rewards or bribes. Halloween is coming and there is no way I am going to be able to forbid them to go collect a garbage bag full of candy. But most of these candys will be donated to the military through the San Clemente Junior Woman’s Club. Cafeteria’s lunches are full of hidden sugar. Learn more about my homemade lunch training.
The Change4Life campaign (this website has some cute kids game adventure to have our kids moving more, check them out) follows revelations that 4-to-10 year olds consume over 5,500 sugar cubes a year, or around 22kg – the average weight of a 5-year-old.
The taste buds of those kids learn to love sugar and won’t like the taste of nutritious healthy veggies. Addiction to sugar starts at a very young age resulting in a fifth of 4-to-5-year-olds and a third of 10-to-11-year-olds are overweight or obese. Overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults making them more prone to a range of serious health problems, such as heart disease, some cancers and Type 2 diabetes. There are now 2.5 million people suffering from Type 2 diabetes, 90% of whom are overweight or obese.
A new Sugar Smart app has been launched to help parents see how much sugar there is in everyday food and drink. The free app works by scanning the bar-code of products and revealing the amount of total sugar it contains in cubes and grams.
Be accountable for yourself and your kids, act mindfully.
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