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Garg R. The Impact of Packaged Food on Children’s Health: Strategies to Overcome. JCCNC 2023; 9 (2) :167-170
URL: http://jccnc.iums.ac.ir/article-1-432-en.html
Department of Community Health, College of Nursing, Teerthanker Mahaveer University, Uttar Pradesh, India. , principalnsg9@gmail.com
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Background: Packaged foods are often high in sugar, salt, fat, additives, preservatives, artificial colors, and flavors but low in nutrients. These factors may lead to weight gain, delayed growth and development, type 2 diabetes, damage to the teeth, food poisoning, and many other health problems. This short commentary has critically examined the effects of packaged food on children’s health, along with possible solutions. 
Main Idea: Packaged food may be convenient, but it is often full of unsafe ingredients harmful to a child’s developing body. The best way to ensure that children get the nutrition they need while avoiding the potential health hazards of packaged food is to make meals from scratch at home. This allows for controlling the ingredients in the meal and ensuring the child gets a balanced, nutritious diet. Eating out less often and cutting back on processed foods can also help reduce the amount of packaged food a child consumes. Additionally, educating children about the importance of healthy eating can help to establish healthy habits.
Conclusion: The impact of packaged food on children’s health is an increasingly important issue. Considering the potential harm of packaged foods to children’s health, parents must remove them from their children’s diet as much as possible and use foods prepared at home.
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• An issue that is becoming more crucial is how packaged food affects children's health.
 • Comparing packaged food to home-cooked meals, packaged food has higher concentrations of sugar, salt, fat, and calories, increasing a child’s risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, among other health issues.
• Eating out less and cutting back on processed foods can also help reduce the amount of packaged food a child consumes. 
• Educating children about the importance of healthy eating can help reduce the consumption of packaged food.
Plain Language Summary 
Packaged foods are often high in sugar, salt, fat, additives, preservatives, artificial colors, and flavors but low in nutrients. These substances often lead to weight gain, delayed growth and development, type 2 diabetes, damage to teeth, food poisoning, and many other health problems. It is recommended that parents avoid giving packaged food to their children as much as possible and prepare meals from scratch at home. Eating out less and reducing the consumption of processed foods can also help reduce the amount of packaged food a child eats. Also, teaching children about healthy eating can help them develop healthy habits.

Type of Study: Short Commentary | Subject: Special
Received: 2022/10/25 | Accepted: 2022/12/25 | Published: 2023/05/1

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