Sugar and Your Child

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Children usually consume a significant amount of foods containing sugars like candies, pastries, pastas, cookies, and white breads daily. If children regularly eat sugars, they are more prone to develop health issues such as obesity, tooth decay, and behavioural problems. Fortunately, these complications are preventable. Some dietary habits and behavioural modifications can help avoid them. Obesity The rate of obesity is rising among children. Foods containing sugars are a main risk factor for early-onset childhood obesity. If a child consumes a large amount of sugars daily, a part of sugar expends for energy while the rest deposits as fat in the body. Therefore, the child gradually becomes overweight or obese. Being overweight or obesity in children increases the risk of developing heart attacks, high blood cholesterol, hypertension, stroke, peripheral vascular disease (PVD), bronchial asthma, type 2 diabetes mellitus, arthritis, and sleep apnoea. Some psychosocial problems like stigmatisation and poor self-confidence are also associated with childhood obesity. The increased risk ...

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