Treats Are a Trap

But by following a few holiday rules, kids can have their cake and eat it too

It starts with Halloween and doesn't stop until New Year's--the end-of-the-year parade of holiday pies, cakes, cookies and other treats. From Thanksgiving to Super Bowl Sunday, the average American gains 5 to 7 lbs. This is a problem for all Americans--especially children, who are increasingly at risk for obesity and diabetes.

Candy and other sweets marketed to kids are double health risks. Not only are they packed with calories that tend to get stored as extra pounds, but their high sugar content can also cause blood-glucose levels to spike-- a particular concern for diabetics, whose insulin can't even out those peaks efficiently.

But the...

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