Is pizza really unhealthy for children? The warm, cheesy staple of childhood parties and family dinners has an impact on American children’s health.
A study published in the journal Pediatrics warns that on the day pizza is consumed as part of a meal, overall caloric intake is higher – and is even higher when pizza is eaten as a snack.
“Pizza is everywhere,” said William Dietz, a professor at George Washington University and co-author of the study. “On a given day, 20 percent of American children are consuming pizza.”
Among adolescents, the figure is higher, as 23 percent of all American adolescents eat pizza on any given day.
On average, on any day they consume pizza, children consume 84 more calories and adolescents consume an average of 230 more calories. Saturated fat and sodium are alson consumed in increased amounts. Pizza is often consumed without additional sides of salad or fruit, so children tend to eat more of it.