Nutrition : A Healthy Health, Growth And Development

1065 Words Feb 15th, 2015 5 Pages
One of our goals as parents is ensure we provide adequate care and nutrition for our children. Most parents know that proper nutrition of their baby is imperative, since proper nutrition promotes a healthy life. For that reason, parents may find themselves having to make some tough decisions when it comes to feeding their children. Proper nutrition of children is the key to determine good health, growth and development. In this article, I will provide parents with information to help them make the best choices when it comes to feeding their toddlers.

Why is proper nutrition important? There are approximately 7 billion people in the world, and approximately 460 million (15%) of the world’s population are malnourished. According to the textbook Exploring Lifespan Development by Laura E. Berk, about 27 percent of the world’s children suffer from malnutrition before age 5 (World Health Organization, 2010). Toddler nutrition is important because it can impact the child’s development for the rest of the child’s life. During the first couple of years of life, the child uses a lot of energy and calories as their bodies grow and develop exponentially. Good nutrition is also essential because during the first three years, the brain develops intensively from 25 percent of its adulthood size to about 80 percent of its full size (Schram). Poor nutrition can have an adverse effect, either short-term, or long-term effects on the child’s development.

There are numerous adverse effects to…
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