NOW:53207:USA00949
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA00949
37°
H 52° L 35°
Clear | 0MPH

Too Much Sugar Can Be A Real Scare During Halloween

Oct. 27, 2010

Too much sugar can be real scare during Halloween, holiday seasons

By Dr. Bruce Weiss, market medical director, UnitedHealthcare of Wisconsin

As we approach Halloween and the subsequent holiday season, a quick reminder of alternatives to candy and to monitor junk-food consumption.

It’s easy to visually compare samples of good vs. bad Halloween items. An informal survey of children’s preferences includes:

o Anything sour and gummy – Sour Patch Kids, worms;

o Anything sour and sticky – Laffy Taffy, Hot Tamales;

o Nerds/Skittles;

o Reese’s Pieces/M & Ms/Kisses;

o Nestle Crunch/Milky Way/Snickers/Almond Joy; and

o Tootsie rolls and pops.

Health alternatives would include:

o Sugar-free gum – sour or fruity;

o Smarties – fat free;

o Sugar-free Life Savers;

o Fruit Rollups or shapes;

o String cheese;

o Sealed packets of nuts/raisins/pretzels/crackers;

o Plastic spiders, jewelry, glow sticks;

o Temporary tattoos/stickers;

o Bubbles or small Play-doh;

o Coins; and

o Colored pencils.

Additional tips to consider for a fun and healthy Halloween:

• Be sure to serve a healthy filling dinner before trick or treating;

• Check nutrition labels – some candies are better than others;

• Buy small sizes – minis or fun packs; and

• Remember they are children and don’t need handfuls of candy.

Statistics show that junk-food consumption contributes to obesity. A child is not considered obese until the weight is at least 10 percent higher than what is recommended for the height and body type.

Obesity most commonly begins in childhood between the ages of 5 and 6, and during adolescence. Studies have shown that a child who is obese between the ages of 10 and 13 has an 80 percent chance of becoming an obese adult.

It’s important to remember that less than 1 percent of all obesity is caused by physical problems; lifestyle-related choices such as poor eating habits, overeating or binge eating can be personally controlled as well as exercising on a regular basis.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Franklin boys volleyball team wins Southeast divisional title 09:27 PM

» Glen Morrow hired as new Franklin City Engineer 01:38 PM

» Poll: Which area team will win a state football title? 09:00 AM

» Franklin's EDC remains clouded in political dust-up 10/21

» Man arrested for fraud after ordering food, passing out and leaving eatery 10/21

» Teen drug use, prevention panel discussion Thursday, Oct. 30 10/21

» Early voting now open at Oak Creek City Hall 10/21

» County Supervisor Steve Taylor to host Oak Creek town hall meeting on Wednesday 10/20

» County Supervisor Steve Taylor to host Hales Corners town hall meeting on Wednesday 10/20

» Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness Updated:  10/19

» Preps football photos of the week: Week 9 10/17

» New theater group raises the curtain in Franklin 10/15

» Village Board requests Hales Corners Wading Pool remains open in 2015 10/15

» At Franklin High, digital age overtakes parent-teacher conferences 10/14

» 2 arrested after having sex in car in grocery store parking lot 10/14

» Star Wars-themed events held through Saturday at Oak Creek Public Library 10/14

» Poll: Will Greendale or South Milwaukee win in Week 9 matchup? 10/14

» Man charged for facilitating a sex crime with 13-year-old girl in Hales Corners 10/13

» Preps football photos of the week: Week 8 10/10

» Franklin football team outlasts Indian Trail, 31-24, closes in on SEC title 10/9

» Submit election letters now: deadline is Oct. 20 10/9

» Dispute over Franklin mayor's appointees leave Economic Development Commission stranded 10/8

» Wrecked car cautions high schoolers against impaired, distracted driving 10/7

» Veterans memorial falls in face of Greendale School District opposition 10/7

» Preps football photos of the week: Week 7 10/3

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Local Business Directory

Advertisement

Deal Watch - Milwaukee

Milwaukee's Best Discounts & Deals

CONNECT