Kids’ meals negatively impact health

8 May 2013

Kids meals, like chicken nuggets, fish fingers, and chips, are negatively affecting children’s health. New healthcare research indicates that kids should be eating the same meals as their parents to avoid health conditions caused by unhealthy diets.

Often, food made especially for children lacks essential nutrients. In addition, they’re calorie dense, which could result in obesity if consumed in excess. Nutritionist Dr Michelle Storfer said: “Research has shown the nutritional intake and growth rate of children between the ages of two and 12 can have a profound influence on their susceptibility to obesity and chronic diseases in later years.”

Ready-made meals like pizza have the same negative effects on adults, too, if consumed regularly. Iron and vitamin D deficiencies may develop, although weight gain is the likeliest result.

If you find yourself consuming junk food because you simply don’t feel full after a meal, look into treatments like gastric balloons to help control your weight.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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