Essay on The Importance of Diet and Nutrition

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The Importance of Diet and Nutrition A child's diet and nutrition is a growing concern. Parenting is one of the most difficult jobs in the world, and often times parents struggle just to get their children to eat. Most parents assume that as long as their children eat something, it is fine to let them eat what they want. The wrong approach to food can give children mixed messages about proper nutrition and lead to serious problems later. Parents are solely responsible for children's poor eating habits. "Children today, more susceptible than any to propaganda, are eating an increasing amount of sweets, lollipops, crisps and refined carbohydrate food." (Mount 23) To know what children are eating these days, one must simply…show more content…
" ( Environmed 1) Packaged food often times lacks valuable nutrients that were lost during processing. "In affluent countries, the children's food supply tends to be the most processed and chemically contrived of any age group." (Environmed 1) This increase in processed food has affects on the development of children. Children need balanced diets, rich in nutrients, to grow and develop properly. The increase in processed foods has left its mark both physically and mentally. It can affect school as well as home life by causing numerous side effects. According to the Environmed Research Inc., children may suffer from tiredness, headaches, stomach aches, and ear infections due to poor diet as well as hyperactivity and moodiness. Obesity is a growing concern. "School children are heavier today than ever before." (Mount 213) Parents must use this knowledge as incentive to better their children's diets. Although many parents are aware of the negative effects of poor nutrition, few actually take action. The American society is one of the most educated about nutrition, but still maintains unhealthy habits. Perhaps parents enjoy the convenience of processed foods too much to give them up. A turkey T.V. dinner takes 10 minutes to prepare
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