Teens' Health Diets
Good nutrition is essential for everyone, but it’s especially important for growing teenagers.
According to the survey, teenage boys and girls aged 13 to 18 ate only half the recommended serves of fruits and vegetables per day.
Many teenagers eat junk food every day. This might be sugar-sweetened drinks like fizzy drinks and high-kilojoule snacks like potato chips. However, your body can’t run properly on poor fuel.
Compared to home-cooked food, junk food (which includes fast food) is almost always:
- Higher in fat, particularly saturated fat.
- Higher in salt.
- Higher in sugar.
- Lower in fiber.
- Lower in nutrients, such as calcium and iron.
served in larger portions, which means more kilojoules. While a mid-life heart attack might seem too far away to be real, it may surprise you to know that you could have health problems already. A poor diet can cause weight gain, high blood pressure, constipation, fatigue, and concentration problems- even when you’re young.
Teenagers need to consume a healthy diet that is high in fruits and vegetables and rich in nutrients like calcium and iron. Teenagers can do a lot to improve their diet, eat healthy meals and snacks, and maintain a healthy weight. It may require some effort to change your eating habits, but even a few simple changes will make a huge difference. They will feel better and may find managing weight easier.
A diet consisting of healthy meals and snacks will boost your intake of nutrients such as calcium, which is required for strong bones. Whether you have a toddler or a teen, here are five of the best strategies to improve nutrition and encourage smart eating habits:
- Have regular family meals.
- Serve a variety of healthy foods and snacks.
- Be a role model by eating healthy yourself.
- Avoid battles over food.
- Involve kids in the process.
- Indulge your teen into some sports activity or physical activity routine.
Eating well can be hard as family schedules are hectic and grab-and-go convenience food is readily available. But our tips can help making all five strategies part of your busy household.
Remember, eating well doesn’t mean you must be a health food freak. A good diet allows having your favorite junk foods occasionally.
Dr. Tanju Khurana
18+ Years of Experience
BAMS (Ayurvedacharya), PGDND (Ayurvedic Diet and Nutrition)
Certifications In Panchkarma, Nadi Pariksha (Pulse Diagnosis), Marma Therapy, CNCC.