Eating Behaviors Among Young Children

1453 Words Aug 18th, 2016 6 Pages
Eating behaviours expand throughout an individual’s life. Children acquire what, when, and how much to eat through direct experiences with food and by perceiving the eating behaviours of youth. In consideration of the increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity in the world among all age groups, including very young children, an understanding of the factors that influence eating behaviours during childhood is needed to improve the dietary patterns and health status of this age groups. Socioeconomic conditions and cultural norms of our community have been changing due to which food habits of our children are also changing. Normally, many children are enthusiastic about outside readymade food. On the other hand, some guardians are disinclined in changing food habits of their children.
Adolescence is a period of rapid growth and development bridging childhood and adulthood. Practising healthy eating behaviours is one of the most important factors to meet the nutritional needs of adolescents and proper eating behaviours that are learned in early life are maintained in adulthood thus reduces the risk for major chronic disease. Physical and psychological changes occurring during this period usually significantly influence their dietary behaviours. As teens become more independent, they make more of their own food choices. Nevertheless, being influenced by a multitude of factors (biological, social, physical, economic, psychosocial, attitudes, beliefs and knowledge about food)…
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