Why is a balanced diet important for a child?
- A balanced diet is important for the health and development
of a child if the child is to flourish and enjoy good
health. A balanced diet means a diet that has food items
from all the major food groups. There are five major food groups
which are grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy and meat and meat
alternatives. A balanced diet strikes a balance amongst these five
food groups and gives the body the right amount of nutrients that
it needs for overall good health.
- Eating a balanced diet is not about having one good meal. It is
about creating healthy eating habits for a child and and
maintaining those habits over a period of time and on into
- It is not at all an easy thing to do. Irregular eating habits
can have small, mediocre to devastating side effects on the human
body. The most common problem with western eating habits is that
people eat three large meals in a day and a lot of snacks in
between to end those hunger cravings. Now most of these snacks are
refined processed carbohydrate foods.
- Refined processed carbohydrates contain a high amount of
sugars, fats and chemical preservatives used to preserve the food.
It simple terms, it is unhealthy. This can lead to weight gain,
obesity, diabetes type 2, and other diet related diseases appearing
in childhood (or later as an adult). Many people fail to recognize
the effects of these type of foods.
- A balanced diet is essential if a child (or a person of any
age) is to flourish physically and mentally. A lack of essential
nutrients can lead to:
- failure to flourish
- poor growth
- poor development
- poor physical and mental health
- or even death.
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unbalanced diet, see the page links, further down this page,
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