Tackling Childhood Obesity

Tackling Childhood Obesity

24th April 2015

The Safe food Authority have launched acampaign to try and help childhood obesity. Here are some steps which could be out in place to help.

Replacing Sugary Drinks Sugary drinks, which include fizzy drinks, squashes, cordials and juice drinks are linked with excess weight in children.

Tips If your family loves soft drinks or other sweetened drinks, reduce them gradually.

Start by adding plenty of water to cordials and squashes. Add extra water each time to squashes and cordials to reduce your child’s taste for sweetness.

Keep sweetened drinks for the weekend. Make water freely available between meals. Water is tastier when it’s cold: Put a jug of water in the fridge Add a slice of lime, lemon or orange to give it flavour and colour. - See more at: http://www.safefood.eu/…/6-Healthy-Habi…/Sugary-Drinks.aspx…

Treat Foods
Sugary Drinks
Being Active
Screen Time
Sleep Time

Managing food that should be treats

Treat food are foods high in sugar, fat and salt.


Cut down on treat foods, but don't ban them. Banning them makes them more appealing.

Shopping is a danger time – just buy treats sometimes and don’t have a supply at home. If they’re not in the house, they can’t be eaten.

Keep the sweets cupboard or cookie jar out of sight – and out of mind.

Tell family and friends you’re making changes so they know about the new routine.

When you have sugary foods, eat them with a meal. It’s better for their teeth and means they won’t fill up on treats between meals

Say the kitchen is closed when mealtimes are over, but allow them access to healthy snacks such as fruit, chopped vegetables and water and then send them off to play.

In the long run, it's kinder to say no – don’t be afraid to say it!
Praise them and offer non-food treats, like a game of football, a trip to the playground or disco-dancing at home.

Limit the amount of treats by: Getting into the habit of having them every second day or less

Keeping portions small – choose mini or snack versions

Offering healthy alternatives, such as water instead of sugary drinks or juice and fruit instead of sweets or chocolate.

- See more at: http://www.safefood.eu/Childhood-Obesity/…/Treat-Foods.aspx…








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