Healthy eating patterns are set during childhood and the teen years.
So start early to promote healthy food choices and regular physical activity. Doing so can help to get children on the right path to good health and to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
About one in four children and teens and about six in 10 adults are overweight. Drinking too many sugary beverages can take the place of healthier drinks like water and milk, and contribute significantly to caloric intake. Over time, excess calories from all sources, including sugar in drinks, can lead to weight gain.
An unhealthy weight increases the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease in both children and adults. Having kids sip on sugary drinks throughout the day can also harm the teeth, leading to cavities and pain. For your health – eat your calories, don't drink them.
DID YOU KNOW?
Your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste and carry nutrients and oxygen to all your cells.
Satisfy your thirst with water. It's a calorie and sugar-free way to keep you hydrated. Good hydration helps you feel energetic and alert.
For More Information Fast Fact - Some large sizes of sugary drinks contain as many calories as a whole meal!
On childhood obesity, and protecting your child from related health risks visit Health Canada's website.
You can find out more on dental health on the BC Dental Association website.