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How to Keep Kids Away from Fast Food

How to Keep Kids Away from Fast Food

Fast food outlets near schools could put your kids on the fast track to obesity -- and poorer school performance. And that’s particularly true for kids who live in urban areas with fast food restaurants that are closer than grocery stores with fresh produce. It also disproportionately affects kids without resources who understandably opt for incredibly unhealthy, but filling $1 meals.

Despite tough-to-overcome obstacles to making healthier food choices, you have to help your kids before they find themselves on a slippery slope to becoming unhealthy adults and everyone ends up footing an impossibly high healthcare bill.

So here’s our four-point plan to help kids become healthy, happy adults.

  • Parents: Learning how to make smart food choices starts at home. Get your kids into healthy food by involving them in shopping and cooking. Provide healthy, tasty school lunches and urge them to chose well in the cafeteria or when eating out.
  • Kids: Be a leader not a follower. If all your friends hang out at the local fast-food restaurant and you want to hang with them, opt for no-sugar added yogurt and fruit, salad-based wraps or grilled chicken and sugar-free drinks.
  • School Administrators: Introduce nutrition education into every classroom -- kids want to feel good, look good, do good. Help them understand that a $1 meal is a down payment on a long line of painful disabilities that’ll cost them big-time in the future.
  • Communities: You have a drug-free zone around the school. Why not a fast-food-free zone too? Let’s chew on that! 

Medically reviewed in July 2018.

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