Should You Change the Way Your Child Snacks?

“The Snack Epidemic” in our March issue has been stirring up passionate responses about kids’ near constant snacking. While some parents completely agree with writer Sally Kuzemchak about the need to implement healthier snack habits at home, school, and on the field, others think it’s unnecessary to limit how their growing children eat, and think the extra treats are just a part of kids being– well –kids.

In case you missed it, Kuzemchak, a dietician, blogger, and mommy of two, shared her personal story – specifically, how giant cupcakes served as a team snack after her son’s soccer game sent her over the edge. When she started to do her homework, Kuzemchak found she wasn’t just overreacting, but that studies have shown snacking has nearly tripled since the 70s, and 8-year-olds who burn around 150 calories during the average soccer game are consuming between 300 to 500 calories in a post-game snack.

I was lucky enough to catch up with the healthy snack crusader, who had tons more to say about the munching debate. Check out my Q&A, and definitely take a look at this video, which Sally made by compiling pictures of all the snacks she and some friends have spotted on the sidelines of their young kids’ soccer games.

Photo credit: Avery Powell

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