Parents And Educators Should Review The Dietary Habits Of Children

Alarmingly high levels of impact that they are achieving the problems of obesity among adolescents and children. In less than two decades, as reflected the figures from the Ministry of Health, Spain has tripled their numbers as far as children and young people (2-24 years) are concerned, drawing to an obesity rate of 13 , 9%, and another 12.4% this refers to overweight. Also, while in this age group the prevalence of obesity is higher among men (15.6%) than women (12%), the highest figures are found in prepuberty and in particular in the age group 6-12 years, with a prevalence of 16.1%. All these figures place our country at the top of Europe as far as incidence of obesity and overweight concerns. With this backdrop, when addressing the main reasons that may have led to this situation must be taken into account, without doubt, a major food shortage.

Therefore, and starting the analysis for breakfast, notes that this first meal of the day is devoted entirely insufficient time. According to the study enKid, managed by the Ministry of Health, 6.2% of Spanish children and young people do not usually eat breakfast, there is a clear link between this poor eating habits and obesity. To this must be added the fact that, according to that study, nearly 60% of children engaged in the breakfast within 10 minutes, which is associated with low nutritional quality. On the other hand, the National Health Survey also found that only 7.5% of children take a balanced breakfast consisting of milk, fruit or juice and carbohydrates.

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