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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Is Your Kid's Cereal Popular? (part 2)

Studies have shown that eating breakfast can have beneficial effects on:

  • Appetite
  • Insulin resistance
  • Energy metabolism
However, feeding your child sugary kids-cereals is not the wisest or brightest breakfast choice. Kids' cereals are loaded with sugar and carbohydrates, neither of which benefits your child health. Obesity has become a major concern for American children, with sugar and carbohydrates being two of the major culprits contributing to this growing problem.

In the last two decades, prevalence of overweight adolescents has nearly tripled, and current statistics show 16 percent of children are overweight or obese. Overweight and obese children not only face a heightened risk of health problems --heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal problems, and type 2 diabetes, just to name a few -- but they are also likely to suffer from low self-esteem and depression as a emotional toll on a young child or teen.


Petula Wright May 21, 2008 at 11:05 PM  

Very good information. Parents should be way more careful than they are about what they give their children to eat... especially sweet things. My kids like Cheerios, Kix and stuff like that. My teen likes granola. They have treats occasionally, but I do my best to ensure they're natural and healthy.

Good post.

Nilz May 21, 2008 at 11:40 PM  

Changes in diet over the past few decades have been the cause of concern for most of us. I have always insisted on eating vegetables and fruits. But my niece seems to deny eating fruits. She prefers chocolate and ice-cream instead.

Nedekcir May 22, 2008 at 6:57 AM  

Thanks for stopping by Petula and Nilz. Hey petula would you like to ex-change links?
Have a great day both of you.

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