We all believe that, these days childhood obesity has increased than the past years and we blame fast food for this, but the recent research has proved it wrong. The nutrition experts say that obesity among children is because of their daily eating habits and fast food is just a part of it. Hence, weight loss is possible only with a daily routine of healthy diet.
The research was done at the University of North Carolina and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the result. It says that a child’s parents and caretaker is responsible in developing a poor eating habit, as it hardly includes fruits and vegetables. Children are so used to processed food and beverages that they cannot avoid it and take it both at home and school. They don’t just get high calories from the fast food, but from other foods as well. As these foods have become their daily meals, hence more percentage of children is getting obese. Sweets and chocolates also play a major role in childhood obesity.
The research is based on a survey that was done between 2007 and 2010; the ages included were between 2 to 18 years, and 4,466 kids were surveyed for this purpose. The result showed that it wasn’t fast food; instead the poor diet caused obesity. The research is based on strong evidences, however that does not mean children should completely avoid fast food as it’s not possible, instead parents should develop good eating habits among children from the very young age.
So, the cause is not fast food, hence people should make their kids take more fruits and vegetables than sweets, or unhealthy diet. Taking fast food on an occasional basis can be fine, but should not be allowed daily along with poor diet. The main reason is also that parents don’t bother to make healthy food at home; hence the easiest thing for them is to buy fast food. If parents get creative and make delicious recipes with vegetables and fruits, children would surely love it.