It’s almost Halloween, which means it’s time for dressing up, trick-or-treating, going to parties, and attending school gatherings – all events that involve candy.
It’s also a time when parents might feel caught in a dilemma. Healthy eating concerns seem to throw the fun out of fully experiencing Halloween. Yet at the same time, it’s a special celebration, not a daily event, and what is the harm in a minor candy overdose once a year?
According to Simone French, Ph.D., a School of Public Health Professor and the Director of the Obesity Prevention Center, a little candy one day a year is probably harmless, but more and more, parents are realizing that our candy-culture is not just a one-time holiday for kids. We live in a world where candy dresses up as fruit snacks and granola bars, tricking us into treating all year round.