12 Jan Children’s Nutritionist – Sweet Poison
The amount of sugar consumed, especially by our children is at its highest levels in history. This can mostly be attributed to the enormous increase in processed food and sugary drinks lining supermarket shelves. Sugar is included as an ingredient in most pre-packaged, processed and junk food and it’s insidious. As a result, as our children’s sugar consumption has increased, so have their rates of common childhood illnesses, including obesity with 1 in 4 children now classified as overweight or obese.
If you notice that your child’s temperament changes throughout the day, beginning with their adorable ‘normal’ behaviour which can change in a heartbeat to hyperactive, obnoxiousness or hysterical sobbing. The amount of hidden sugar they are consuming may be the cause. For example, a popular breakfast cereal plus a glass of store bought fruit juice could contain as much as 15 teaspoons of sugar, and that’s just for breakfast!
1 in 4 Children are either Overweight or Obese
Childhood obesity has increased dramatically over the past few decades with 1 in 4 children either overweight or obese. While experts worldwide are searching for the reasons behind this epidemic, we suspect that a
✅ Sedentary lifestyle
✅ Poor diet
✅ High in processed food
all play a big part. However, obesity is a complex disorder involving many different factors.