Nutrition for Kids

Consequences of poor nutrition for kids

There are countless health problems that can be linked to dietary habits. In the United States, these six health conditions have been specifically connected to diet. As parents, it’s important to know these six conditions so you can promote proper nutrition for kids!

Iron Deficiency

Iron deficiency anemia can occur at any age. As an infant, a child can be prevented from becoming iron deficient by consuming an iron-fortified formula and an iron-fortified cereal at six months of age. After infancy, a single portion of poultry, fish or red meat per day can help prevent iron deficiency.

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Obesity

Obesity is among the most common consequences of poor nutrition for kids. Know that fat has twice as many calories per portions as an equal amount of sugar or protein has. You can make a big dent in your child’s total calorie intake by limiting fatty foods. But remember that children younger than two years old should not be on a low-fat diet, as they need fat for brain development!

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay in children is caused by an excessive intake of sticky sugars, or poor brushing habits. Make sure to supervise the amount of sugar you child is consuming, and make sure they know how to properly brush their teeth!

Constipation

Constipation among kids is caused when they are not getting enough fiber. Low fiber intake can also cause appendicitis and gall stones. So be sure to include enough fiber in your child’s diet! Good sources include grains, fruits, and vegetables.

Coronary Artery Disease

This heath problem tends to occur later in life, but can be easily prevented in childhood. Diets high in animal fats, like cholesterol and saturated fats worsen coronary artery disease, so feed children healthy amounts of meat.

High Blood Pressure

Again, this usually shows up later in life, but is something to keep in mind when planning proper nutrition for kids. High blood pressure has been linked to high-salt intake. However, this link is only found in susceptible individuals, as salt in moderation is usually fine for most people. If your family has a history of high blood pressure, keep an eye on your child’s salt intake.