Nutrition for children to enjoy a Healthy Life
Nowadays, there’s a growing interest in the relationship between lifestyles and the prevention of developing chronic diseases, due to the current global health trends. These trends show a panorama in which disabilities, morbidity and mortality are mainly explained by chronic non-infectious diseases related with diet and lack of physical activity, as well as other factors.
This situation affects both, developed and underdeveloped countries, and until recently, these diseases were considered only in adults, but now are starting to affect young people and children. Information surveys in different parts of the world show a worrying increase in obesity and overweight amongst adolescents and young people, as well as the prevalence of Hyperlipidemia, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension.
In addition, adolescents’ health is considered essential for a country’s social, economic and political progress.
It’s important to remember that an overweight or obese child has a higher risk of staying that way in his adult life; and let’s not forget that these elements influence the development of several diseases, including Type 2 Diabetes.
Children in school-age grow and change their body composition, which changes their shape and nutritional needs; teaching them healthy practices at this age is critical, because physical activity and school performance go hand in hand with health.
It’s clear that children today, like in most first world countries, receive a great deal of information and stimulus from marketing and advertising media. This can penetrate and skillfully shape the child’s psychology, influencing them. This along with the obvious impairment of cultural and traditional values suffered in some developing countries, result in the replacement of good homemade soups, stews, bakes, water from fresh seasonal fruits, by industrial products, without proper identity, in which the “taste” or “good seasoning” have been replaced by attractive packaging and gifts like toys or collectible cards.