Kids’ Eating Habits

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Nutritional habits are among most important things that child learns. They have long term effect on health and once acquired they become very hard to change. Not eating enough can make a child malnourished, while eating excessively can lead to obesity. How to figure out right amount, what kind of meals children should eat, what are most dangerous habits and should there be forbidden foods?

Eat to nourish your body

To grow and develop properly, kids need healthy meals in which all kinds of foods are present: cereals, vegetables, fruits, milk, dairy products, fish, meat, eggs and legumes. Most obese children don’t eat regularly, and healthy meals are usually replaced with fast food.

Also, really big problem is uncontrolled consumption of snacks, sweets, juices and meals with too much of pasta and grease. Daily intake of food should be divided into five to six smaller meals. The way you prepare food plays big role: cooking is recommended, also Teflon, barbeque and other methods that don’t include a lot of grease.

Obesity is cause of many diseases


Chubby kid, until recently, meant healthy kid. However, obesity is one of leading causes of health issues with kids. Eating too much and no physical activity are main reasons for obesity.

It is not just about esthetics, it is about health issues it creates. The issues obese children usually have are high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides and diabetes.

They also have respirator and orthopedic problems more often. Psychosocial issues are also noticeable – bad image about own body, low self-esteem, aggressive behavior or depression.

Being too skinny can be dangerous as well

Malnutrition occurs due to improper, unbalanced, irregular or insufficient nutrition, diseases, allergies and gluten. Too strict diets also can be the reason why the child is too skinny. Symptoms and signs of malnutrition depend on the nutrients that are missing.

The most common are: fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness, frequent infections, dry scaly skin, diarrhea, reduced body weight, slow reactions, muscle weakness, problems with learning. The periods that have higher risk for malnutrition are the first years of life, early childhood and adolescence.

Parents as a role model

Parents are the ones that should encourage children to have healthy food habits from early childhood. But they should be careful not to pressure them too much, to avoid punishments, down talking and rewarding obese child with food. It is not easy to forbid children from eating candy and fast food, and very often those kinds of bans can be contra productive.

During the shopping parents should limit snacks, candy and juices, and motivate children to pick fruits or veggies on their own. The best message parents send to their children is when they are eating healthy and exercise regularly. Children learn from what they see not from what they were told.