Going To Far to Prevent Childhood Obesity?
|March 19, 2014||Posted by The Fit Scoop under News and Research|
I received an email today asking for people to sign a petition to have the local soccer association ban all snacks at games and practices. The mother starting the petition wants the soccer association to ban snacks so that the kids “focus on the game and the team rather than food.” She claims that kids are “bombarded by snack and junk food at school, birthday parties and at the numerous other events that are now food-centric for no reason.” While I support taking action to help with the childhood obesity epidemic I have to say I think this goes too far. It’s not unhealthy for kids to snack. In fact, snacks can help with appetite control at meals and help kids perform better in school and on the field. What is unhealthy is snacking on processed foods and snacking in large quantities. I would probably sign a petition banning junk food at practices, but an outright ban on all food? I think that goes too far. I am of the mind that it is more useful to teach our kids how to make healthy choices rather than just banning things outright.