Blog | Friday, October 31, 2008

Don't let Halloween go to waist

With obesity and in particular childhood obesity in the news so much, parents are finding ways to cut back on Halloween candy excesses, including exchanging candy for money or toys.

It takes about 3,500 calories to produce a pound of weight gain. Exercising off 3,500 calories produces a pound of weight loss. But how much candy makes up 3,500 calories?

Kid's Health, the well-respected, ad-free resource, offers an easy and kid-enticing game to calculate how much candy makes up a day's worth of calories, which they estimated at 2,000 for kids ages 8-12. Eight big candy bars is all it takes to get a day's worth of calories. By the same measure, 13 would produce an extra pound of weight. Keep that in mind when checking over the Halloween loot.