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Parenting advice needed on childhood nutrition

Author James Dunsford
Submitted 28-06-2008

Despite the growing obesity epidemic in the US, many American parents are confused about the best nutrition and exercise habits for their child, new research has suggested.

Disney Family conducted a survey of parents and found that more than two-thirds are concerned about the nutritional value of the foods their child eats.

Despite this, nine out of ten respondents said their family ate fast food one to two times a week, while less than 50 percent were aware of the recommended daily servings of wholegrains for children.

Meanwhile, in terms of exercising, more than half of parents admitted that their child exercises for less than an hour each day.

Commenting on the survey, Emily Smith, vice-president of the Disney Family Group, said: "The resounding results from the survey indicate that raising a healthy family is a top-priority for parents but they are confused by the information currently available to them."

As a result, the organization is offering parenting advice to help families make lifestyle changes that will benefit their health.

This survey comes after a recent New York Times report which found that some of the "healthier" organic baby foods available on the market actually contain higher levels of sugar, indicating some of the problems that parents face.