Fast Food and Children's Health

Monday, November 15, 2010

Because of our hurried lifestyles, we all depend on fast food. What is this fast food diet doing to our childrens health? In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill explains why fast food does not have to be unhealthy food.

Dr. Hill:

Fast food has become a prevalent staple of the American diet over the last three decades. From kids meals to super-sized servings, fast food consumption is increasingly prevalent in American society.

A steady diet of burgers, fries and soda may significantly increase the calories and decrease your childs nutrition over time. Recent studies show that on a typical day, 30 percent of children ate fast food.

Children who had fast food as part of their diet consumed more calories, fat, carbohydrates and sugar. They consumed less milk and fewer fruits and vegetables than children in the same age groups who didnt eat fast food.

You can help make positive changes in your childs nutrition. Have your children drink low-fat or skim milk or water instead of sugary sodas. Encourage your child to snack on a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. Remember, you can prepare nutritious foods quickly and easily. You just have to help your child make the right food choices. Your child will reap the nutritional benefits.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.