Teens today are gorging on high-calorie junk food all day long, and health experts say it's a recipe for disaster. Wolfing down a bag of chips before lunch, a candy bar after school, and a handful of cookies before bed may seem harmless enough, but it can all add up to a major health crisis:
- Kids in US are getting up to 27% of their calorie intake from food outside of regular meals.
- Choosing sugary and salty high fat snacks is furthering obesity leading to type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
- Teens are eating these snacks not for hunger, but for pleasure, stress releasers, etc.
- It is normal and healthy to snack, but consider the quantity: 150 to 250 calories is a good limit.
- Also consider the nutritional value of the snack, not high in sugar and calories.
- Repeating overindulgent snacking can lead to compulsive eating.
- The best snack is to mix complex proteins and carbohydrates, which is long lasting and satisfying. Examples: Pita bread and hummus, a slice of low fat cheese and whole grain crackers.
- You do not have to swear off your favorite treats, healthy eating is all about balance.
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