Organic food might make a small difference, but I think it’s more important to have kids eating more fruits and vegetables in general, organic or not.
Eating organic food will decrease the amount of chemicals and pesticides children eat. To affect weight gain, everyone (children and adults) must still consider what is being eaten. Organic oreo cookies are still cookies. Organic gummy bears are still candy. As Sarahtonin said, moving towards eating real food fruits and vegetables (instead of processed food like organic oreos and organic gummy bears) will make the most difference in weight loss.
I think it would be better to focus on exercise and eating healthy unprocessed food and incorporate organic as well. As noted – organic does not mean low calorie, but it does mean that chemical fertilyzers, hormones, and pesticides are should not be used. There ae many over weight vegetarians and organic food eaters as well as people who eat unhealthy fast food. Too much food and too little exercise leads to being overweight.
I truly believe that eating organic can lessen the obesity rate in children and adults. The amount of chemicals and preservatives that are consumed by our culture is astounding. Because we are eating so many preservatives, we are getting less fruits and vegetables. The fruits and vegetables that we are getting have been processed and have other chemicals on them such as pesticides and herbicides. By eating more naturally, you learn where your food comes from and about nutrition.
As previous comments said, it really depends on what is being eaten. In some ways, organic foods could help decrease childhood obesity if children are eating organic fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Educating children on what organic means and how the agriculture system in America works could also help. If children know that big corporations try to advertise processed food to children, they might become more wary of commercials or packaging. However, the main factor that determines weight is calorie balance. If you consume more calories than you put out, you will gain weight, even if you are eating organic.
If one were to only eat foods labeled as organic, it would greatly lower the amount unhealthy foods a person could eat (most sugary and processed foods are not organic), which would help curb obesity. That is probably not a realistic choice for most parents. In general, eating organic food is not enough to curb childhood obesity. The main way that eating organic foods can help childhood obesity is through a lifestyle and culture shift. If children get engaged in the cooking and food-shopping process, and learn to think about their health as well as the health of the environment, they will be able to make better choices. Perhaps even more important than the child’s education is the parent’s education. Since most of the eating a child does comes from what the parent provides, a parent focused on an organic and healthy life will be more equipped to teach the child and train his palette, than a parent surviving of fast and over processed food.
Organic food does not necessarily mean low-fat or low-calorie. Buying organic is obviously better for the environment and healthier for people in the sense that less harmful chemicals and toxins are present, but this does not necessarily equal weight loss. Encouraging children to make better food choices that include plentiful fresh fruits and vegetables if the first step to dealing with childhood obesity. For overall health, though, eating organic is important to decrease the risk of ingesting chemicals.
I believe organic food can help in the sense that organic milk doesn’t have growth hormones, which are related to obesity in people who consume meat and dairy. Furthermore, organic food does not contain certain processed content that makes other foods highly unhealthy. However, I agree with the above comment that candy is candy, sugar is sugar, flour is flour, and saturated fat still exists in organic meat and dairy, as does cholesterol. Healthy eating is more than just organic eating.
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