Junk food is appealing because it is convenient, cheap, and tasty. Junk food is appetizing to children as they do not understand the consequences it has on health. Regular intake of junk food is addictive for children and can cause obesity, chronic illness, low self-esteem, and depression, further affecting children's performance at school.
Energy and Focus
Diet can directly affect study habits. Junk food generally may contain high sugar levels and calories, and regular consumption of these foods can deplete energy levels and decrease concentration in children, thus preventing their all-round development. Junk food does not provide the required nutrients for sufficient energy to engage in physical activity, and no physical activity can be detrimental to both physical and mental development of the child.
Studies have shown that fast-food consumption in children is associated with obesity. Children consuming fast food have a higher calorie, fat, carbohydrate, and added-sugar intake. Furthermore, they are less likely to intake fiber, milk, and fruits and vegetables, eating unhealthy foods during meals. Children are shown to be addicted to junk food, thus at a higher risk of obesity and illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke.
Regularly consuming junk food can negatively impact children's mental well-being and sense of self. Unhealthy weight gain can result in self-esteem issues, which may also lead to depression.
Therefore, ensure that your child consumes a balanced diet that fulfills his or her nutrient requirements and only occasionally indulges in junk food.