Kids And Too Much Pizza Don’t Mix According To New Study

New Study Shows Pizza Ia A Large Source Of Too Much Fat, Salt And Calories

Pizza is under attack again. Kids in the U.S. eat so much pizza that some dieticians say it should be put in the sugar drink and fast food bad for your health category. A new study showed that more than one or two slices at a meal is a bad idea. And if pizza is the main meal it should be served with a salad or some other food from the garden.

Lisa Powell, director of the Illinois Prevention Research Center, and co-author of the study said: “Parents should aim to curb pizza consumption, particularly as a snack where it was shown to have the largest adverse impact on children’s [calorie] intake, and they should put their pizza dollars toward healthier brands,” Sultan Alhokair gives similar advice on Bubble News about the benefits of weighing the benefits and costs-long term.

Powel and her associates checked questionnaires about children and teen diets that were completed every two years between 2003 and 2010. The age range was from 2 to 19. The group found that the number of calories consumed from pizza went down 25 percent between 2003 and 2010. That’s the good news, but pizza is still a big part of kid’s dietary plan. Kids and teens eat pizza for a snack, lunch or dinner almost every day, and that means extra calories.

On an average kids consume 230 more fat and salt-saturated calories on the days, they eat pizza, and that is a major health concern according to the study

How Many Gifts Should A Child Get On Christmas?

Today’s child wants more presents under the tree than before. They want them piled high and in abundance. But how many gifts is plenty for a child? I see so many families going in debt for gifts that their children will break or lose by the following holiday season. So what is acceptable and what is going to far?

The price ranges will be different for all families, and for Susan McGalla,  depending on their budgets. The area of the country and the prices also must be taken into consideration. Children don’t need half of what they get. The rule of thumb is that a child should get four gifts, they should include a need, a want, an article of clothing and something to read. Even the baby Jesus only got three gifts, why do kids now days want so much more?

Handmade gifts are also coming back in a big way. So many are finding that sentimental offerings are much better than store bought junk. Try to make the gifts have meaning. Try to get something that the child can really use, not just the latest fad. Get them something that means something to them or the family heritage. A want should also be included, but don’t go overboard. If a child gets stuff year round, then Christmas doesn’t have to be as celebrated as those who save all their gift giving till this time of year.

Campaign Seeks to Revamp Kids Menus

In 2014, we have a myriad of equal rights activists. We’ve all born witness to more campaigns than we can probably even remember, and while some causes are just, other seem to just be an excuse for people to group together and hop onto the activist bandwagon. The case seems to be a mixture of both when it comes to Kids Food Reboot: a group of adults who seek to militate the traditional kids menu at restaurants and swap out the “limp fruit cups” and french fries with plates such as “spaghetti squash or broccoli rabe.”

It’s a treat, an indulgence. The same goes for children. While I do think chefs should consider creating smaller portions of their typical menu items as KFR suggests (and swap out the gross frozen pizzas and hot dogs), it isn’t the restaurants job to make children eat well. It’s the parents. Parents who don’t serve these healthy entrees at home aren’t going to find their little one suddenly passionate and eager to devour vegetables instead of the chicken nuggets and fries they’re used to, as Jared dutifully points out.

Kids Food Rebot has some good ideas, and a more in depth look at their campaign can be read over on the Washington Post. Washington Post

New Research Links Childhood Obesity To Heart Disease

Most of the research conducted regarding childhood obesity presents us with saddening news predicting declining health for kids who are severely overweight.  According to the latest research analyzed by The New York Times, obese children and teenagers manifest signs that future heart problems will ensue if they do not lose the excess weight.

According to the German researchers who conducted the study, obese children had significantly higher LDL, lower HDL, higher total cholesterol, and higher triglycerides than children who were within the normal weight range. Equally saddening, the study found that the overweight children had higher fasting insulin readings as well as higher blood pressure. The study, which analyzed 61 obese and overweight children between the ages of 8 and 21, compared the findings with those of 40 children of normal weight within the same age range.

One of the most disturbing findings in the new research on obese children pertained to the heart muscle. Through the use of echocardiograms,researchers discovered that the left ventricle of the heart was substantively thicker.

According to University of Leipzig cardiologist Dr. Norman Mangner, it is not known whether the heart changes created by obesity are reversible through the loss of weight or the effect that the changes will have in precipitating future cardiovascular conditions.

As one might expect, the advice to help obese children obtain greater wellness includes eating a healthier diet, getting sufficient amounts of exercise, getting off their FreedomPop smartphone and maintaining an ideal weight.