Pizza. Burgers. French fries. Sodas.
Who doesn’t like these? Teens, in particular, are casual consumers of these orders. On hangouts, birthdays, celebrations and group works, these foods are like the must haves. And then concerns from parents arises because of these poor choices. So how do you fix this problem you ask?
Compared to youngsters with child nutrition problems, handling matters with teenagers is way more challenging for several reasons. Teenagers already have their concept of preferences. They have built the idea of what tastes good and didn’t. Also, teenagers already have a higher chance of displaying disobedience or rebellion.
Although these could be traced to the parenting styles that were practiced in the early years; still, certain things can be done to lessen this kind of behaviors.
First, instill the value of healthy eating in a manner which your child can comprehend. Instead of simply saying that ‘it is healthy’ or declaiming about child nutrition and such, you can rather say things like ‘it can improve your memory’ or ‘it can improve your performance in school.’
Also, make sure that he or she can relate to what you are talking about. Just like explaining foods that can help in growth development, when you know your child is insecure about his or her height. Or about foods that can improve memory and cognitive abilities, if you know that your child is having difficulty at school. Again, quit being a simple cassette record talking about child nutrition.
Third, inform him or her about the risks of the unhealthy diet. Explain, in a non-overwhelming manner, the chances of obesity, high cholesterol, and even cancerous diseases. This method is usually more effective to females than males primarily because girls are more conscious about their image during puberty stage compared to boys.
Consequently, it is good to inform him or her about the benefits of healthy eating, not about child nutrition, to reinforce the previous discouragements said about unhealthy diets. Tell him or her that it can improve appearance, in case pimples and acnes, are on the move; it can promote better sleep if insomnias are being frequently experienced; and it can improve athletic performance if he or she is an athlete.
It is not necessary to religiously enumerate the specific minerals and vitamins needed for a better child nutrition, but for all purposes that it may serve, a few of them will be enumerated. Some of the necessary nutrients are calories, protein, calcium, iron, and vitamins A, B, C, D, and E. The amount of needed intake largely depend on the age, size, height, and metabolism of your child.
It is a cliché to emphasize how important healthy eating habits are. Instead, the parent’s role should be highlighted as they are directly responsible for their children. It has already been established how difficult it is to handle them during teenage years. However, with the right amount of guidance, discipline, and motivation, it is not impossible to go through the puberty stage together with your children in a smooth sailing boat without any child nutrition issues.