Fast food is popular in various parts of the world, especially with children these days. It has made huge profits, such as Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant (KFCs) and McDonalds. In 1964 there were more than 600 KFCs in North America (Redston at el 2014: 14(. It has been increasing in all countries in the world (Redston at el 2014: 16). KFCs earn US$23 million a year, while McDonalds achieve earnings up to more than US$27.45 billion annually so, on average that is US$75.21 million per day (Evans 2014). There are 30% of children eat fast food daily in 118 countries, and 70% suffer from obesity (Cahana 2011). Moreover, the effect of junk food on the child`s behavior led to increased risk for health complications such as obesity and depression (Voiland 2010). Most can not comprehend the main reasons behind the attraction of children to fast food and desire to doing what had been seen in advertisements. However, the children who do not knowledge about the healthy consequences of habits` eating resorting to such these meals as tasty meals with an appetitive view without looking at complications and damages such as chronic diseases, low self-esteem, which could be affect performance in school (Ibid). Further, in generally:
eating regularly fast food can seriously damage the health. Coupled with low nutritional
value, the high fat, calorie and sodium content of these foods can lead to a variety of
health problems. With statistical associations to weight gain, obesity, diabetes,
cardiovascular conditions and all-cause mortality (Lee 2014).
Children`s education about healthily eating affects on behavior and school performance, while the adverse effect of junk food on the body` health
The target of this research was firstly, to questioned how educate children about healthily eating and the best way to doing that. Secondly, how could be that possible to change kids` behavior and dynamic activity. A final goal was educating parents to did not encourage kids to experience fast food for a change, even in special occasions (because that made the child likes the taste of junk food).
3.1 The sample
The sample size was 20. These respondents were selected from different ages, sexes, social and educational background and countries. Most were from Australia and Arabic countries.
3.2 Data collection
This was done by using a questionnaire and research. Inception, the questions were trialled with a sample of 4 individuals. The new questionnaire consisted of 11 questions. Two of them were for individuals who have children. The focus was on children`s knowledge about healthy food and children`s education of how to eat healthily through parents or teachers.
1.4 Findings for child`s knowledge and behavior about healthy eating
The reasons of popularity fast food with children
There were 50% respondents thought the main reason of popularity fast food with children is because of liking to do what has been seen in advertisements. There were 20% men while 30% were women. However, 30% could say that was because junk food had a good taste and 20% of respondents thought that was because it was easier for parents. Most thought the costs of fast food was not important.
In usually, most learned eating healthily through parents, and that happened with 14 respondents which mean 70%. There 10.5% of respondents learned to eat healthy food from school while others 10% of respondents were read a lot about healthily eating. A small percentage (5%) chose healthy meals when dining out. As a biggest result (70%), it was thought that most children depended on parents to educate how to eat healthily.
Providing food in a fun way will help children to eat healthily
Letting children independently choose food would help in learning about healthy eating