Proper Nutrition Is Essential For The Long Term Health Of Children

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Proper nutrition is essential for the long-term health of children. A healthy diet helps protect against all forms of malnutrition that can lead to nutrient deficiencies, obesity, diabetes, and other chronic disease. (1a) Giving a child a supportive and adequate nutritional start has a positive impact on their not only their physical development but also their mental and social development (1). A study completed in 2013 investigated the intake of 5200 5th grade student and tested their academic abilities. This study found that students with a higher intake of vegetables and lower caloric intake of fat were significantly less likely to perform poorly on academic assessments. (11)
In 2010, 20.2% of American households with children were reported to be food insecure at least some point during that year. Almost half of those families (9.8% of study sample) reported both children and adults experienced food access problems and at various times reduced food intake and altered eating patterns due to limited food resources. (8). Additionally, children from food insecure households are more like to be overweight or obese. (9) According to present Centers Disease Control and Prevention (2007) guidelines, child and adolescent weight classification are based on age and gender norms and include the following categories: (a) “underweight,” defined as having a BMI-for-age (weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters) that is less than the 5th percentile (b) “healthy…
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