Junk food is the new normal. What’s a parent to do? (Globe and Mail)


“According to Statistics Canada, children aged 1 to 13 get more than 25 per cent of their daily calories from sugar – more than any other age group”

Here is a link to an article in the Globe and Mail today that I can completely relate to.

Junk food is the new normal. What’s a parent to do?

I have no idea why complete strangers want to offer my kid candy when I am out shopping. Truth be told, my daughter would actually prefer a balloon, car toy or even just a “high five”. At least right now I can tell the candy pusher that she is still too young for the treat, as most candy pushers don’t have a clue how old my daughter is, and are really just doing their job of trying to be friendly.

I’ve long since gotten over being  “painted as the ogre who doesn’t let your kid have candy” because I feel that Sydney gets plenty of treats from Dad, grandma and, yes even myself. But I really want “treats” to stay “treats”, and not become the norm, as indicated in this article.  I guess time will tell. ~ Susan

About alittlenutrition

Susan is passionate about teaching others how to achieve optimal health and wellness by taking the confusion out of nutrition and promoting fun ways to stay active. Susan has been a certified fitness instructor for over 8 years and enjoys teaching yoga, pilates, and fitball classes at Elite Fitness and Dance. However, her main interest in nutrition has led her in the direction of becoming a registered dietitian. Susan completed her undergrad in Human Nutritional Science at the University of Manitoba and has recently completed her dietetic internship with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Currently she is now combining her fitness skills with her nutrition knowledge and offering comprehensive nutritional and lifestyle coaching. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Susan worked as a sales executive for a variety of paint manufactures for over 10 years. She created innovative sales initiatives and marketing programs for corporate and independent retails stores. Now with her knowledge of nutrition and her business experience, she helps restaurants and food service operations create healthier meals options for their customers. Susan is highly involved in community health promotion, as she has been appointed to sit on the Recreation and Wellness Commission of Niverville and the Chair person for the South Eastman RHA District Health Advisory Council Western division. She is the co-founder of former the Niverville Active Living and she has put on many community health promotion activities such as: * Lose It For Life - Weight loss / Lifestyle Transformation program * Family Fitness Month…Win A Will Contest * Niverville Fair ~ Smoothie Booth * Community Cholesterol Reduction Challenge * Cooking On A Budget * Couch Potato Race She is a member of the College of Dietitians of Manitoba, Dietitians of Canada, Manitoba Fitness Council and the Canadian Obesity Network. In her spare time, Susan enjoys cooking for her family, gardening, photography and being physically active outdoors with her husband and friends.
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