Kids Get Extra Calories From Food Outside Home

It is the Holidays and its even easier for kids to get extra calories from food outside your home. Seems like everywhere you turn there are candies, cookies and other goodies readily available. It’s really easy to succumb to these temptations – after all, it’s the holidays and these Holiday goodies only come once each year. Hypnosis can help you and your kids get out of the Holiday goodie trance and make healthy choices. You can go through the Holidays and enjoy some special Holiday treats without gaining weight. Actually, with self-hypnosis, you can even go through the Holidays, enjoy special Holiday food and lose weight.

Kids Get Extra Calories From Food Outside Home

WebMD Health News, July 25, 2011: U.S. children are eating more, and the extra calories often come from foods eaten while they are away from home, according to a new study. Overall, children eat about 179 more calories a day than children did three decades ago, says study researcher Jennifer M. Poti, a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. “We found kids eat a relatively constant level of calories at home,” says “But in addition to that, kids are eating an increasing number of calories outside the home.”

Fast food, including food taken home to eat, and store-bought prepared foods are also fueling the rise in calories, she says. The largest source of calories from foods eaten away from home was from store-bought prepared foods, Poti says. The percent of calories eaten from fast food was more than that from food eaten at school.

Overall, calories from foods eaten away from home increased by 255 calories a day. Fast foods and store-bought prepared foods are often of poorer nutritional quality than home-cooked foods, Poti tells WebMD.

Parents should be aware that where food comes from is important, she says. “Eating outside the home does tend to increase the number of calories kids eat during the day.”

”This should be a bit of a wake-up call of where excess calories that have led to increasing rates of obesity are actually coming from,” says Lona Sandon, RD, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. She reviewed the findings for WebMD.

Families need help in how to make healthier choices when buying food prepared outside the home, she says.

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If you are feeling out of control when it comes to Holiday eating for you and for your family, self-hypnosis can make this year different. December is a popular time to start weight loss hypnosis with Slender For Life™ to avoid adding even more pounds of fat onto the body. Just because it is the Holidays does not mean you have to gain weight. You and your kids can learn hypnosis for weight loss, enjoy Holiday treats and lose weight.

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