How Nutrition Affects Children

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How Malnutrition affects Children (working title)
Thirteen million Children live in food-insecure households in 2015. Food insecurity is harmful to any individual and especially children. Most of these children live below the poverty level. Low income families that suffer with malnutrition also suffer with related chronic health conditions.
When parents are starting to struggle with money is usually when their children don't get enough healthy nutrients. Poor eating habits include under or overeating, consuming a lot of junk foods, or eating things that are low in fiber or high in fat, salt and sugar. These unhealthy habits can affect your energy protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. When children don’t get the required nutrients …show more content…

A good place to start adding healthy options into your everyday meals would be making sure your child gets at least one to two servings of fruits and vegetables every meal and making sure that those fruits and vegetable are fresh produce instead of canned. You can also start changing your recipes over to healthier options that look good and taste good too. Planning meals and shopping lists ahead of time will help you stay on budget. You can replace refined grains with whole grains for the same price and replace potato chips with veggie chips and save over a dollar. “Good nutrition, particularly in the first three years of life, is important for establishing a good foundation that has implications for a child’s future.”(Feeding America) When children are first starting to growing until adulthood there is a lot of specific nutrition that they should be getting at different ages.
When babies are first born breast milk or formula will work until about six months of age. Right round six months of age babies should start eating solid foods like fortified infant cereal and meats. These types of food provide iron and zinc needed to help babies grow. Once more solid foods are being added to their diets make sure you are not picking to many low-fat options. In general you do not want to restrict these fats because it is important for development in the …show more content…

Most children at this age grow in spurts. Their appetites also come and go with their growing spurts, so always make sure they have healthy options to choose from and they will get all of the nutrients they need. Calcium is needed most at this stage in life, it is “the body’s building block” (Childhood Nutrition,
Calcium is needed to develop bones and teeth. The best source of calcium is milk, but if you child is allergic, lactose-intolerant, or does not like milk their are other options to fill this need. Soy milk. Lactose-free milk, cereals, oatmeal and orange juice are some other calcium filled options. Fiber is another important nutrient for toddlers. Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains. Fiber helps your child with digestion and helps prevent heart disease. A child at this age should be consuming a 1,000 calories per

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