Junk food use begins with parents, it’s a means of coping—to deal with anxiety, anger, depression, boredom of what to cook, and avoid unpleasant battles with children at meal time. The fact is, research shows family members’ consumption of junk food plays a strong role in whether children/teens will be obese. Parents, grandparents, and older brothers and sisters are models that children follow. So indeed, all aspects of a child’s environment—home, school, and neighborhood—can influence what they eat.
How can you prevent a from child eating junk food? There is no magic bullet to stop children from eating junk food. But research shows parents have a big influence on their children’s diets, even when it doesn’t seem that way. So talk openly with your children and stay actively engaged in their lives. It starts with an apple. Apples are a gateway to fruits and vegetables.
To help you get started, below are some brief summaries of the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables that you can share with your kids to help them sort out fact from myth, and help them make the soundest decisions they can.
Improved Nutrition- Children’s growing bodies require good nutrition, and fruits and vegetables contain a multitude of vitamins, minerals and other healthy compounds.
Decreased Obesity – Fruits and vegetables are high in filling fiber, but low in fat and calories. Encouraging kids to eat fruits and vegetables instead of sugary snacks and fat-laden fast food can help children avoid obesity.
Digestive Health- High-fiber foods, such as fruits and vegetables, help the digestive system function properly.
Better School Performance- Children with healthy diets, including high consumption of fruits and vegetables, performed better on academic tests than children who consumed fewer fruits and vegetables