Get kids in the kitchen early to promote healthy eating

Chronicle Herald

Gallant is one of many trying to combat fast food, overly packaged food, overly processed food and the onslaught of fast-food marketing that is making Canada’s kids unhealthy.

Andrea Curtis, Toronto author of Eat This!: How Fast-Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and how to fight back), a playful, paperback guide for kids aged nine to 12, says one in three Canadian children is obese or overweight. “And we have skyrocketing rates of diabetes,” adds the mother of two teen boys.

“Fast-food marketing isn’t the only reason we have this crisis but if we can protect kids and educate them about healthy eating and have them ask key questions about fast-food marketing, fast food and sugary treats, we can change the toxic food environment.”

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