According to a report on the Science Daily website, children who eat vended snack foods may face the possibility of chronic health conditions. Children who eat these types of food on a regular basis run the risk of weight gain. The fact is, anyone following a poor diet of snack foods and fast food runs the risk of weight gain which can lead to chronic health conditions. Children who are exposed to these types of eating habits early in life tend to shape their eating habits for their entire life.
According to an article on Medical News Today, the UK’s poor dietary habits are costing health services an annual 6 billion pounds a year, which is three times as much as the financial toll from smoking. There are many food related diseases, which include food poisoning, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.
So what can the general public do to improve their eating habits and those of their children? Start by not skipping breakfast. It’s important to start the day with a healthy well-balanced breakfast in order to refuel your body after what was hopefully a good night’s rest. That being said, it’s just as important to avoid eating just before bed. Healthy individuals eat their final meal three or more hours before bed and it should be the lightest meal of the day. Fatty foods are the worst before bed and can cause indigestion. Binging is especially bad at any time of the day. Some individuals avoid eating throughout the day and the binge on something at the end of the day. It’s better to eat three healthy meals a day, along with two healthy snacks. Finally, drink plenty of water (at least six to eight glasses of water a day) and avoid eating too fast. It’s important to chew food slowly so that you taste your food. This is also important for good digestion.