3. Fast Food
Fast food is great if you’re in a hurry and it makes for an exciting treat, but it’s also laden with sugar, salt and saturated fat that can all impact a child’s health.
Studies such as one in 2013 published in the Archives of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, found that kids can consume on average an extra 300 calories by eating fast food than food cooked at home. This can have the knock on effect of weight gain, obesity and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes.
Not only that, other studies such as this one in the journal Thorax in 2012 found a link between regularly eating fast food and developing asthma and eczema in childhood. So it’s best to hold off introducing your kids to fast foods for as long as possible.
Consuming fast food and takeaways as a young child can lead to health problems ranging from obesity and diabetes to asthma and eczema.