When I read the DailyMail article on how children can eat upto 6,000 calories on Christmas Day, I was angry. For heaven’s sake it’s a holiday. Let kids be kids and let them eat. Now if the kids are eating 6,000 calories or even 2,000 calories a day (if they are under 11 years old) then it is a problem but special occasions require special handling.
The article talks about how the average Christmas dinner is about 950 calories but it is the extras that add up. Their list:
1 slice of Christmas cake (70g) – 249 calories
1 portion of chocolate log (30g) – 101 calories
1 portion of cheese and biscuits – 394 calories
1 portion of mixed nuts (40g) – 243 calories
1 portion Christmas pudding (100g), custard and brandy butter – 587 calories
1 mince pie and double cream – 368 calories
3 Quality Streets – 133 calories
5 Chocolate Fingers – 150 calories
Average Selection Box – 1,111 calories
Wow.. I am yet to see a child eat this much food in one day regardless of whether the food is healthy or not.
I know I am going to let my child be a child not only on Christmas but also on her birthday and the other Indian festivals that we as a family celebrate throughout the year. If kids don’t eat all the food that you so lovingly prepare, then who will? For me it’s the remaining days after the holidays and birthday that matter and that I work on making sure she eats healthy.
In the meantime … Merry Christmas everyone! Enjoy the holiday with your near and dear ones.