Do you know what your child is eating?
A South African study shows that a surprising number of parents have no idea.
What’s your child eating when you’re not with him? A recent survey by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) shows that while most South African mums care about their kids lunchboxes, 19% of parents had no idea what their kids were eating during the day. That’s almost one in five leaving their children to their own devices.

Obesity is a real and serious threat to the health of today’s technologically inclined youth. Gone are the days of playing outside and having 3 cooked meals, 7 days a week. They’ve been replaced with TV, video games, the internet and going hand-in-hand with that is junk food. Quick food that has very little nutritional value but is dressed up in bright colours to attract hungry eyes.

It is encouraging to see that, according to the survey, 51% of South Africans moms actually pack a healthy lunch for their kids to school every day. Only 2% said that their kids had take-away and 21% got money to buy their own lunch.

The survey also found that 60% of parents who were normal weight packed healthy lunches for their kids and the number steadily decreased as the parents’ weight went up.

According to the survey Indian moms were the most health conscious with 90% packing healthy lunches for their kids. 32% of black moms gave their kids food money. White moms were the most out of touch with their kids eating habits with 35% saying they had no idea what their kids ate when they weren’t with them.

What does your child eat on a daily basis? Do you know?

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