We all know junk food is a bad thing, but how and why is avoiding it worth the effort? Studies have shown that more than eight out of 10 toddlers consume soda, sweets, and processed foods. Studies have also shown that obesity is more prevalent among preschoolers than ever before. Children learn which foods they like best and how to eat healthy early in life, and those habits continue to affect them for years to come. The choices you make for your child now can follow them into adulthood.
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