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Are Your Children Oversnacked?

Aisle after aisle in the grocery store is filled with snack foods. Is society oversnacked? Is a fixation on snacks adding to the already dangerous level of childhood obesity?

Close to 90 percent of U.S. children do not meet the recommended daily intake for fruit, and even more do not meet the guidelines for vegetables. Obesity is a major concern for kids with poor nutrition, as are other health risks such as heart disease, depression, high blood pressure, tooth decay, anemia, osteoporosis and diabetes.

According to Newswise:

“Our relationship with food is formed at a very young age. When food is provided as a reward an unhealthy relationship with food can be formed ... Starting a habit of eating when bored can become a slippery slope. If you notice your child requesting snacks at off-times, make sure to assess the situation.”

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