What is nutrition?
Nutrition refers to everything that your child eats and drinks. Your child’s body uses nutrients from food to function properly and stay healthy. Nutrients include carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. In the right amounts, nutrients give your child energy to grow, learn, and be active. Calories are the amount of energy in the foods and drinks your child consumes. Children need a certain amount of calories to grow and develop. But if your child takes in more calories than his or her body needs, the extra calories will be stored as body fat.
Why is proper nutrition important?
Poor nutrition can cause health problems, overweight, and obesity. Some of the health problems associated with poor nutrition can be very serious, especially as your child grows into an adult. By teaching your child healthy eating habits, you can help prevent these health problems. Also, it’s much easier to maintain a healthy weight than it is to lose weight. Children who maintain a healthy weight are more likely to stay at a healthy weight as adults.
Possible effects of overweight or obesity in children
High blood pressure
Some types of cancer
Being teased and bullied
Feeling bad about body
Feeling isolated and alone
Trouble interacting with others
Benefits of good nutrition for children
Healthy weight for height
Ability to learn and concentrate
Strong bones and muscles
Good energy level
Ability to fight off sickness and disease
Faster wound healing
Easier recovery from illness or injury
Reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancers, and bone diseases in the future.