A lot of difference was found in the food habits of preschoolers, who lived in low-income and high-income areas. The study being carried out by a group of researchers from the University of Alberta has found that children living in low-income areas were indulging in unhealthy eating habits.
More than 54.5% of children from low-income groups were found to be having soda at least once a week. It was even found that they had one junk food serving in a week. The study findings are based on the assessment of 1,800 preschoolers, who lived in Edmonton area.
The study researchers asked questions in regard to children diet habits from their parents. Co-author of the study Kate Storey was of the view that three things severely affect the food choices of a child. The three things were exposure to television, income level and locality where child lives.
Storey, who is an assistant professor in the university, said that children are having fizzy drinks and sugary items instead of milk and fresh fruits and vegetables. By this, they are creating hurdles in the development of healthy bones and teeth and are also affecting their general health. It is vital that parents infuse healthy eating habits among children.
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