A witches brew, harrowing ghosts and of course all those sugary goodies make for a spookatacular Halloween but that candy craze could make it a little scary for parents who want to curb their child's sugar intake. The pre Halloween festivities have begun and as you are out and about shopping these next few days there are ways to counter the fat and calories of all those Snickers and Milky Ways.
According to NielsenWire, the statistics show that Americans buy nearly six hundred million pounds of candy during the Halloween season. That boils down to about one point nine pounds of candy per person.
With obesity and diabetes on the rise, not to mention the scare you’ll get at the dentist’s office parents may want to limit some of this devilish Halloween behavior. The tricky part is getting the kiddies on board and while there is no magic potion, Dr. Kate Roberts offers some wicked good tips.
“The key to successful Halloween is parents’ ability to need to balance being a voice of reason with celebrating a child’s favorite candy holiday,” Dr. Kate Roberts tells this Examiner. “This can be done by: Reducing the size of their candy bag or limiting the number of houses they hit; allow a child to eat the candy until it’s gone as their “regular” intake of sweets, not in addition to the treats they take in daily; teaching kids to leave room for the candy, instead of eating a huge meal and still going after the candy; helping kids learn to regulate their own intake.
Parents who micromanage intake may end up with a child overcompensates by sneaking candy or over eating any chance he gets; whereas permitting kids to decide affords them the choice to say “no” and they will.”
According to 24/7wallst.com America's top Halloween Candy choices are all chocolate based, but Dr Roberts says if your child is over weight steer them towards lollipops using that tip will help you automatically cut down on the candy craze, "For overweight children try to focus on certain type of candy," Dr Roberts tells this Examiner,"such as hard candy or candy like a lollipop that will last longer and tends to be lower in calories.
Dr. Roberts offer these additional tips to cut down on calories and candy:
Diabetic children also will want to have some candy. Parents of diabetic children report that if they practice moderation they have more cooperation, and less resistance and sneaking behavior then if they insist on total abstinence. This is the same for overweight children.
Some parents like to store candy in the freezer or fridge. When it’s colder it’s more difficult to eat it fast and may be less tasty.
Recognize that when babysitters or indulgent relatives are caretakers, the candy is more likely to come out. Rather than convince these caregivers how it’s not good to overindulge, best thing is to remove it when they are in charge, rather than delegate this decision to them.
Share the candy by giving it to the troops abroad. Many local dentists have candy drop offs and send it out to troops.
Have the Halloween Pumpkin or Witch replace candy left under the pillow with a quarter per piece. The kids can make money instead of cavities! For very overweight, consider talking directly about candy being against the goal of weight reduction and buy it back with a goal of doing something active and fun with the money.
Be a role model by limiting your own Halloween candy intake and eliminating left over candy from your stash away immediately.
For more tips on helping your children during the Halloween season and year round click here. For Halloween safety tips including advice in a children's book from real life ScFy Ghost Hunter and TAPS founder Jason Hawes click here.