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Parents Overestimate Children's Diets as Healthy
Date:7/4/2010

Parents Overestimate Children’s Diets as Healthy - According to a recent survey, 81% of parents feel that their child has a healthy diet, particularly those from wealthier families. Yet, in describing a healthy diet, most people selected three balanced meals a day over using fresh ingredients or cutting out snacks, junk food and takeaways.

(PRWEB) July 4, 2010 -- According to a recent survey, 81% of parents feel that their child has a healthy diet, particularly those from wealthier families. Yet, in describing a healthy diet, most people selected three balanced meals a day over using fresh ingredients or cutting out snacks, junk food and takeaways. At the same time, we are seeing increases in the rates of child obesity, as well as neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, dyslexia and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

According to Nutrition Scientist Dr Nina Bailey, “we have a long way to go to educate people as to what constitutes a healthy diet, since most adults clearly believe their children are eating a healthy diet. This contradicts the sales figures of junk foods and processed food, as well as national statistics for rising obesity and childhood learning disorders.”

In a recent survey of 200 parents, it became apparent that TV and internet were a significant part of children’s leisure habits, with 92% of parents admitting that their children watched television on a daily basis, and 47% of children spending time at a computer daily. Given the link between sedentary lifestyles, poor diets and increasing childhood learning problems and obesity, these findings are a real cause for concern. “Eating junk food leads to overconsumption, and reduced activity decreases energy expenditure. It is a repetitive cycle, and one that children will likely carry with them into adulthood. If parents intervene with their child’s diet, reducing consumpti
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