Find Out Why You Need To Take Care Of Your Teen Nutritional Needs

By Arthur Bertinus

healty eatingThere’s a typical teenage growth “spurt” that usually happens when a girl is about 12 years old and a boy is about 14 years old. Those ages for the teenage growth spurt aren’t written in stone. Your teen may experience the growth spurt at a younger or at an older age. But it is dramatic.

The teenage growth spurt usually lasts about a year, and it can only be compared to the first year of life as to the bodily changes that take place. The soft “roundness” of childhood is replaced with a gawkiness of a colt. He or she suddenly seems to be all legs and arms or elbows and knees.

Teens that are experiencing the teenage growth spurt need more calories. Girls need about 2,400 calories and boys need up to 3,000. I’ll bet that explains a lot about the “bottomless pit” that is now living under your roof. Fries and potato chips don’t qualify as veggies.

The human body is a miraculous living, breathing machine that is very adept at making its needs known. Unless your child is making an issue out of food, eating far too much or not nearly enough, then you most likely don’t have a problem. Their growing bodies will tell them how much they need.

The portion sizes of American foods have increased over the past few decades so that we are now eating way more than we need.

Sharron Dalton, in her book Our Overweight Children: What Parents, Schools, and Communities Can Do to Control the Fatness Epidemic (2004), reported on a recent study that traced the stature of thousands of children. By the time they were nineteen, almost half of the white girls and more than half of the African American girls were heavier than they should be.

And Black mothers are particularly at risk when it comes to child health education because reasons for being criminalized because of conditions of poverty, violence and punishment rooted in racism and sexism.

teen fatHealth officials are especially concerned about weight problems among children.
Over the past three decades, the number of overweight children in the United States has tripled. In 2009 it was reported that approximately 14 percent of preschoolers were overweight; children aged six to eleven, almost 20 percent; and adolescents aged twelve to nineteen, over 17 percent.

More than 20 percent of American children from the ages of three to five are believed to be either overweight or at risk of becoming so. Automakers are designing larger safety seats to accommodate overweight preschoolers.

Fact: your income has effect on your nutrition, low income families engage in poor nutrition
Research suggests that most Americans today weigh too much. In 2006, about 65 percent of American adults ages twenty and older were overweight and nearly 25 percent were obese, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The percentage is rising. As recently as the mid-1990s, “only” 55.9 percent of Americans were overweight.

According to Esther Duflo achieving a minimum nutrition standard is fairly cheap and even with today’s prices. We spend considerable part of our budget on health yet, there is plenty of malnutrition.

No (rich) child left behind: but the poor will always left behind
There is large increase in food prices since 2005. From March 2007 to March 2008, the average world price for corn increased 30%; for rice, it increased 74%; for soybeans, 87%; and for wheat, 130%. Many childcare organizations are very concerning for the welfare of the poor mother and fathers.

Will this increasing in food price keep result in stark decline in nutritional standards and have a negative effect on a child mental health and education? Note that an increase in prices will have a both an income and a substitution effect (since food is an important part of your budget). Income effect should lead to a substitution towards cheaper food items (even if they all increase proportionally).

Educate you child about wellness is not always an easy task
A research conducted by Das and Sanchez, 2002 have discover that form many people taken care of their child wellbeing is huge problem. They find out that adults believe that many diseases are “self-limiting”, in the sense that they believe that symptoms will go away by themselves (at least temporarily): learning about doctor quality is really hard and there is a relationship in our behavior.

It’s your job to be sure that the choices your children(‘s) have to make are nutritional and healthy. They should have to decide between an apple and a banana and not between a bag of chips and a candy bar — at least while they are at home.

You can’t follow teens around to be sure they are eating right. But home nutrition education is the key here. Hopefully, by the time they are teens, you have instilled healthy eating habits by being the example, choosing meals that are proteins balance beans and fish.

childrens eating brown rice 2Healthy attitudes about food and healthy eating habits will serve teens well all of their lives. Don’t put off eating until you’re so hungry you could inhale everything in sight. Set a time to eat, and then stop what you’re doing to take a break, sit down, and savor the food you are eating.

Capitalism, liberty and Well-Being of your child
Every one of us must determine how we going to generate our income and do business as long as it legate? But in this process of educate your child about food, they need to know there companies that produce unhealthy food. Well, what about Hostess, Little Debbie, McDonalds, Burger King, ConAgra, etc. You be the judge. No wonder you start asking why I can’t lose weight.

Dietary Guidelines for parents
The federal government’s MyPyramid (formerly known as the Food Guide Pyramid) is a general guide to what kinds of foods (and how much of them) you should eat. It was developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the HHS and is based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which are updated every five years.

The USDA and HHS realized that the ideal amount of food intake differs depending on a person’s age, gender, and daily activities. In 2005, they provided a Web site,, which includes an interactive food guidance system and which customizes a healthy eating and exercise plan for each individual.

Shopping list for a healthy body and mind
Here is what you should be looking for while shopping. You need to make a shopping list at home not when you’re in the shop. Think of the products that you don’t need, with low or no calories that your body needs. These are regular sodas and energy drinks and stuff contains caffeine. And beware of grocery super deals, the deals on vegetables also comes with the chips on the other shelves.

Fruits and vegetables and whole-wheat bread and brown rice must be part of your shopping list. Cheeseburger on a white bun must be off the list if it was part of the child menu. Remember the average size of a hamburger in the 1950 was just 1.5 ounces; today’s hamburgers weigh 8 ounces or more.

high self esteemGet your child on track or you pay literally the cost and the consequences.
If you or your child get sick, if you have an insurance they will drop you. You might say, wait a second, the whole idea of insurance is you cover me and my family when someone get sick, but in fact, in most states’ insurers, it’s totally legal to do. Insurers can simply say we’re not renewing you. You or a family member just got sick.

So we’ve got a situation in the US where we’ve got insurance that works for many, many people, those that work for large firms. But insurance markets that are failed for individuals, and small firms are sort of in between, and that leads to 50 million uninsured family and friends.

We, by far, US devote the largest share of our economy to health care. We’re about twice the average of industrialized countries, and our costs are rising incredibly rapidly.

Whatever you rchild health condition is, you need change direction now
Don’t you love to see your child smile and have high self-esteem, and you know they feel better because of  significant changes in their wellness and the wellness of your families and friends. As a parent you have the unique position to realize your teen’s wellness.

I’m confident that YOU can handle the situation

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