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When I was young “The Easter Bunny” always left me a basket filled with jellybeans and various chocolate treats. It was a time for sugar overload in our house. We never had a problem with, or heard about, childhood obesity and diabetes. These are concerns I don’t want to worry about with my children. On one hand, I want them to experience childhood joys as I did, but I also want to keep them healthy. Do you have any suggestions or guidelines to help us stay balanced?
You bring up a great point about the rise in obesity and diabetes, but I would point out this is not exclusively a childhood problem. These two health concerns are affecting every age a... read more
You bring up a great point about the rise in obesity and diabetes, but I would point out this is not exclusively a childhood problem. These two health concerns are affecting every age and are especially prevalent in our area. There are a number of factors contributing to the rapid gain in overall weight and declining health of society. A diet laden with sweets is one, and lack of activity and consumption of processed and fast foods rank high on the list as well. But in the spirit of Easter, let’s focus on the sugar. As you fill this year’s baskets, consider adding activities, puzzles or games that will engage your child’s mind or get them playing outside. Work in some nutritious treats as well. Carrots and colored boiled eggs are great snacks from the Easter Bunny!
Here are some nutritional facts for some classic Easter favorites:
1 Cadbury Creme Egg-150 Calories
5 Peeps-160 Calories
1/4 Cup of Jelly Beans-150 Calories
1 3/4 oz. Medium Hollow Chocolate Bunny-260 Calories
1 Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg-180 Calories
2 Deviled Eggs-130 Calories
Let’s assume you eat two Cadbury Crème Eggs and a half a cup of jelly beans in a day. You will have eaten approximately 600 calories solely on the desire to satisfy your sweet tooth. This is not by any stretch of the imagination out of the ordinary, and something most parents will do while “inspecting” their child’s basket. I suggest getting out and enjoying some fresh spring air as a family – consider cycling or a brisk walk to burn off those calories and as you said “stay balanced”.