The only good thing about junk food is that it tastes absolutely awesome. No wonder, it’s addictive and loved by kids and adults alike. Fries, pizzas, burgers, rolls, sugary beverages, and lots more stuff are designed to be tasty and carry very little nutrition. Regular consumption of junk food can have consequences, as it has been linked with a wide variety of health problems. There’s loads of salt, sugar, unhealthy fat, and processed stuff without adequate fibre, all of which can affect your child’s health in the long term. Excess consumption of junk food has been linked with health issues such as hypertension, heart diseases, fatigue, kidney disease, diabetes, obesity, digestive disorder, retarded growth, reduced emotional quotient, etc.
It’s often difficult to keep children away from junk food, as they are too young to understand the adverse impact junk food can have on their health. If you force them, they are likely to revolt and throw a tantrum. What you can do is start limiting their junk food intake gradually, and substitute it with healthier food items. For example, you can prepare a 6-12 months roadmap, wherein you will gradually cut down on the junk food consumption of your kid. It would be like moving away from once every day to twice every week, then once a week, then twice a month, and so on. While you are at it, you can also keep doing the bad publicity around junk food and just let them process the information at their own pace. This way, they will not feel threatened and keep moving towards healthier food choices.
Here are some great tips and techniques that you can use to make your kids ditch junk food.