Your child’s junk food intake should be monitored and done in moderation—like once a week. “Fast food meals can be given only once in a while as they often contain preservatives, lots of salt, and other unhealthy ‘ingredients’ that are by-products of the food preparation process,” advises Dr. Cua-Lobo. She adds, “Junk food contains a lot of preservatives and salts while sodas are loaded with sweetener or sugar and carbonate.”
Dr. Ventura adds, “The average Filipino child is at high risk of developing early onset of genetic-related diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. He can also become overweight or obese. In managing the weight of children, these are some of the things mothers are advised to avoid at the onset.”
Elena Cua-Lobo, M.D., M.P.H., pediatric pulmonologist, Sta. Cruz, Manila Maria Christina Ventura, M.D., D.P.P.S., pediatrician, Marikina Valley Medical Center; diplomate, Philippine Pediatrics Society
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