As parents, you always want to help and care for your children in the best way that you know how. And many times, parents think that feeding their children satisfyingly fast food is the best way to calm them down, make them stop whining that they’re hungry, and maybe even make you the favorite parent.
However, when you choose to feed your children fast food on a consistent basis, not only are you potentially hindering their growth, but you are depriving them of essential nutrients needed to operate a healthy body. You are also exposing them to food that can cause addictive behavior and therefore lead to a whole variety of other issues.
Some of the issues associated with eating too much fast food as a child, besides the obvious health problems, are the confidence and self esteem issues. Many children who grow up eating these artificial, sodium filled, additive packed, and fat heavy foods will become obese or overweight. This can then lead to bullying by their peers, depression, an inability to participate in sports, and a variety of other issues.
And while bullying is bad, the problems associated with a diet high in fast food consumption can also have an extreme negative impact on your child’s health for the rest of their lives. You have the ability, as a parent, to make your children’s food choices for them. If you choose for them to eat artificial fast food all the time, then they will very likely develop an addiction for that type of food and make similar food choices once they have the ability to develop eating habits of their own. It is not fair for you to set up your child’s life in a way where they do not know how to make healthy food decisions. As a parent, you are capable of influencing your child’s quality of life and health. Make good decisions that will enable your child to live their healthiest and happiest life, free from bullying, obesity, and the other problems that will arise from a poor diet.