Snacking at Home

Snacking has been in the news a lot lately - specifically how children's snacking habits may be contributing to America's obesity problem. Jennifer Steinhauer put it succinctly: "Apparently, we have collectively decided as a culture that it is impossible for children to take part in any activity without simultaneously shoving something into their pie holes."

Steinhauer, who wrote an interesting article in the New York Times, "Snack Time Never Ends," was mostly referring to school-age children and activities outside the house, but it got us thinking about snacking at home.

A Reuters article caught our eye this morning ("Snacks mean U.S. kids moving toward "constant eating"") with an alarming statistic that the average U.S. child eats three snacks a day on top of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alarming - yet not so surprising given our own toddler son's at-home snacking habits. A few Teddy Graham's here (the least nutritious offender in our cabinets), a small bunch of grapes there - it's just become a part of the day rather than a conscious decision. Friends have told us that their kids are such poor eaters during meal time that they're happy to see them eat anytime, anywhere and practically anything.

Any thoughts on snacking at home for your kids? Do you worry you give them too many snacks? Can they access snacks themselves?

(You might also want to check out a letter in response to Steinhauer's article here.)

(Image: Carrie McBride)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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