Toddler Snacking Can Lead to Heart Disease

iStock_000002074274XSmallI have been told repeatedly throughout my adult life that snacking in front of the television is a big no-no when it comes to weight loss. You lose track of what you eat, your mind is busy so it doesn’t register fullness, you tend to eat crappier food…I’ve heard it all. But I still find myself munching on popcorn or hummus while watching my beloved HGTV shows. Unfortunately, it’s also a habit my preschooler has picked up.

Scenario 1: We get in from work and school. It’s 5:30pm and he’s hungry and it will be a solid hour before dinner is prepared. I put him in front of the television so I can cook dinner without him pulling over a boiling pot of water on himself…and I give him a snack. Sometimes an apple, or a cereal bar, or hell…sometimes a small stack of Pringles.

Scenario 2: It’s Friday night and we’re all exhausted from a long week. We have pizza and family movie night and while we are 30 minutes into The Lorax, a bowl of popcorn sits between us. Or maybe warm chocolate chip cookies. A treat at the end of the week.

Unfortunately, while I’m doing the best I can and try to make it work for our family, toddler snacking habits are not the best thing for my kid.

Certain eating behaviors in small children, including chowing down in front of the TV, were significantly associated with a surrogate marker for heart disease later in life, researchers found. –

The study followed groups of children, from ages to 2 to 15, over the span of three years. They looked at eating behaviors, eating during screen time, dairy intake, and a slew of medical samples, including GMI, insulin levels, and cholesterol levels. As a result of this study, they found that eating behaviors learned early in life can translate to bad behaviors later in life and that thirty years of mindless snacking in front of the television…well, it’s not such a great thing.

One more reason to put the bag of pretzels down during movie night, friends.



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