Here are some movie remakes we don't want to see: "Fast Food at Ridgemont High" or any in a "The Fast Food and the Furious" series.
But recently fast and ultra-processed foods have flooded movie screens, according to a JAMA Internal Medicine study, reinforcing tweens' and teens' inclination to load up on unhealthy fare.
In fact, according to a new report from the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, ultra-processed foods — loaded with artificial ingredients and woefully short on nutrients — account for 42% to 88% of tweens' and teens' daily diet.
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) point out that kids are eating primarily "snacks, drinks, ready meals, and many other products ... with little if any intact food."
Stripped, dipped, and sipped, these products do little but pack on pounds, cause inflammation, and increase the risk of premature heart disease.
And they can cause other health woes, from diabetes and depression to obesity-related cancers.
This is a wake-up call. Help your teen go green. Explain the benefits of ditching ultra-processed foods (more energy, better skin, a happier future with fewer disabilities), and talk about how eating real food is good for the planet too (less plastics, fewer large animal farms). Teens like causes to become passionate about.
And keep the house stocked with healthy choices for snacking, taking on the road, and sharing with friends, such as packages of nuts, sliced fruits, unsweetened yogurts, salmon burgers, and smoothies.