Nutrition plays an important role in the child’s growth and development. A balanced diet must contain sufficient amount of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and fibre. These nutrients also play a vital role in development of immunity.
If a child is not nourished well, it can lead to impairment of immunity and infections which in turn lead to further malnutrition. This vicious cycle ultimately leads to growth failure. This cycle can be broken by adequate nutrition.
Nutrition and Physical Activity
Kids who are physically more active have better brain function and do better in the schools than those who aren’t. Being physically active helps kids feel better and fit.
A balanced diet with appropriate mixture of carbohydrates, proteins and fats helps the kids remain physically active and grow faster. This, in turn boosts the brain development too.
Good nutrition helps in keeping the child ahead in competitive sports and athletic activities. It also keeps the diseases away by promoting physical activity and keeping the child active.
Nutrition and Cognitive Development
Many nutrients are needed in the diet for healthy brain function. Some of them are essential fatty acids viz. ALA (Alpha Linolenic Acid, an omega-3 fatty acid) & LA (Linoleic Acid, an omega-6 fatty acid), iodine, iron and choline.
Diets rich in these nutrients help in brain development and intelligence of the child. This, in turn improves scholastic performance of the children.
Nutrition and Behavioral Modification
In today’s trend of fast foods and wrong eating habits, kids can develop negative relationship with foods early in life. One way to help your child choose healthy foods is to eat healthy, regular meals yourself as parents have heavy influence over children’s attitude towards choice of foods. Kids would like to mimic what they see you do.
Rather than forcing kids to have what they don’t like and expecting a ‘clean plate’, they should be taught to have positive attitude towards the food. A responsive feeding approach has been shown to be more effective in terms of healthy nutrient intake. By following the cues of a child to indicate hunger and fullness, parents can prevent mealtime turning into a fight.
Kids should be educated regarding the advantages and disadvantages of different foods and should be encouraged to decide whether and how much to eat from what is offered. The key is for parents to offer a variety of foods with a scheduled meal and snack pattern full of the nutrients they need.
Nutrition and Academic Performance
While a hungry mind (curious brain) is good for knowledge, a hungry mind per se is not good for learning. Nutrition plays an important role in brain development and performance at various competitive activities, be it curricular or co-curricular.
Providing a healthy, well-balanced breakfast full of various nutrients, helps to give a good start to the day at school. Adequate nutrition helps to boost concentration, understanding, analytical skills and logical thinking. All these factors lead to improvement in academic performance.
Apart from undernutrition in the kids, the prevalence of childhood obesity is also rising owing to unhealthy diets and ignorance of healthy lifestyle. The magnitude of the problem is increased so much that it is being considered as a pandemic of 21st century.
Childhood obesity, if not controlled early, would lead to gamut of diseases in future like diabetes mellitus, hypertension, heart diseases, strokes, cancers, etc. It is not difficult to reduce the development of childhood obesity if adequate precautions are taken early in life.
Education of the child as well as the parents is necessary to prevent childhood obesity. Regular exercise and behavioral modification towards healthy lifestyle from the young age forms the foundation of good health later in life.
- Growth monitoring
- Customized diet plans
- Education & counselling of family
- Nutritional therapy for associated conditions
- Weight loss / gain if required
- Recommendations for exercises
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