Children and Eating Out
Children love to eat out, but the growing number of overweight and obese children means that we need to help them make better nutrition choices. Nearly one-third of children eat fast food every day.
Children who eat fast food regularly tend to consume more calories on a daily basis, which create extra pounds.
You may not be able to persuade your child to order a salad instead of a cheeseburger, but you may be able steer them toward other healthier options.
- Soda is high in calories and has no nutritional value. Encourage your kids to drink water or milk instead.
- Skip the fries; consider substituting them with a fruit cup or apple dippers. Many fast food restaurants offer healthier options.
Before your kids eat, let them play in the play place to get some exercise. Just remember to have them wash their hands before they eat.
- Be a good role model. Your kids will be more likely to select healthier menu items if you eat them too.
When you go to fast food restaurants look for healthier options. Visit the American Heart Association's Tips for Eating Out website to learn more.