So many of us these days lead extremely busy lives, including our children. Because of this, it is so very easy to rely on fast and easy foods for family meals. I was always taught dinner time was the one time out of our busy day that we sit down together, no distractions and engage with one another and our food. My mother always told us the importance and nutritional value of many of the delicious meals we ate, and as an adult I feel I have a widely developed understanding of nutrition and how it relates to my health.
I feel that with our busy lives these days, the importance of nutritional education at home has taken the backseat. As a result, more and more children are eating “food like” products, which are taking a toll on their health. In the past 30 years childhood obesity rates have more than doubled, contributing to a number of risk factors for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and pre-diabetes. Studies have even shown that individuals that are obese as children will more likely be obese as an adult.
It is important as parents and family members that we help our children to understand the connection between a healthy, balanced diet and our well-being. Take back the family dinner time, either with friends, neighbors or family, and seize the opportunity to educate your children and maintain their health.