Christmas is of course a day renowned for indulgence – mince pies and bowls full of chocolates litter every surface, plates are piled high with roasted turkey, stuffing, bacon and goose fat potatoes, and various leftovers are in constant circulation long after everyone’s full.
According to Child Alert, children consume on average over 73% more calories on Christmas day than they should on an average day.
According to previous research, the average child’s Christmas Dinner amounts to belt-loosening 900 calories and will include:
- 1.5 slices of either turkey, ham or game (50 cal)
- 2.3 roasted potatoes (150 cal)
- 0.4 tablespoons worth of stuffing (170 cal)
- 2 carrots (15 cal)
- 1 Yorkshire pudding (50 cal)
- 23ml of gravy (30 cal)
- 1 chipolata sausage (100 cal)
- 1 parsnip (50 cal)
And for pudding:
- 1.5 tablespoons of chocolate cake (250 cal)
- 2 tablespoons of whipped cream (50 cal)
Most of the survey’s respondents admitted that their children often went for second helpings, adding an extra 300 calories to the overall total.
On top of the main dinner, children were found to consume an average of 6 chocolates, 1.5 handfuls of crisps, 2.3 glasses of fizzy drink, 2 biscuits, 1 slice of crusty bread, 0.8 slices of left over meat and half a slice of cake.
That’s not including the cooked breakfast the majority of parents claimed to cook for their children in the morning, which included 0.6 slices of bread, 1.1 rashers of bacon and 1 glass of fruit juice.
It’s not just children who need to watch what they eat- the survey also showed that adults consume double their recommended calorie allowance on Christmas Day.
It’s generally considered acceptable to indulge every once in a while, however, if you recognise the above list as a daily menu, it may be advisable to consult a nutritionist and discover how you could improve your diet for a healthier body and mind. To find out how a nutritionist could benefit you or your child’s health, please visit our Nutrition Topics.
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