Childhood Nutrition

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Childhood Nutrition

Getting your children to eat their vegetables can be a bit trying; but educating children on nutrition and creating a supportive environment for it is the bedrock of childhood obesity prevention.

Childhood Obesity Statistics

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association and The National Center For Health Statistics, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.  The percentage or childhood obese children rose from 7-18% in the ages of 6-11 years old in the past 25 years, and rose from 5-21% in children in the ages of 12-19 in the same period.

Childhood nutrition, although based on the same principles as adults, is specific to needing different amounts of specific nutrients at different ages. Obesity and being overweight are the result of consuming too many calories and expending not enough of those calories consumed.

Poor Eating Behaviors of Young People

Nutrient Dense Foods – Options to Promote a Balanced DietChildren and nutrition

Fruits: Fresh fruits, rather than dried fruits have high fiber and vitamin amounts. If your child drinks fruit juice, make sure it is 100% juice, so as to avoid the excess sugar is most fruit drinks.

Protein: Lean proteins include seafood, turkey, chicken, eggs, beans and soy products, as well as unsalted nuts

Vegetables: Canned, fresh, or frozen vegetables are fine. Darker green, red, and orange vegetables are great. And beans and peas have a lot of fiber.

Grains: Whole grains are better than refined flowers. Whole grain bread, oatmeal, quinoa, wild rice and popcorn are good options.

Dairy: Fat free. low fat, and soy dairy products in place of whole fat options.

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Daily Recommended Caloric Intake For Girls & BoysCalories for kids

*The total caloric amounts vary based off of activity level

Age              Girls                   Boys                
2-3 1,000-1,400 1,000-1,400
4-8 1,200-1,800 1,200-1,800
9-13 1,400-2,200 1,600-2,600
14-18 1,800-2,400 2,000-3,000

Tricks Toward Healthier Eating

Benefits of Healthy Eating

Obesity Prevention

Children ExercisingPhysical Activity Facts

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