There is an old saying that “a good building needs a strong foundation”. This holds true for the initial phase or the growing phase of an individual’s life too. This growing age is the foundation upon which the whole life on an individual depends. Food plays a very important role in the growing process of an individual. What we eat and how we eat affects our lives to a very deep extent. It is very important for the growing kids to eat well and eat right. Having a well-balanced diet in the growing years, would ensure a healthy life in the future. It is very important for parents to keep a check on their child’s eating habits in today’s world where the kids have many options to stray from the healthy food habits. The poisonous snake of unhealthy or junk food is slowly but steadily creeping into the lives of today’s children, which is not only making them lethargic and obese but is also exposing them to a multitude of serious health disorders such as cardiac and kidney problems.
In a recent survey it has been found that during the last decade, the number of obese and diabetic children has seen a steep rise in India too. This is a straight indication that our eating habits have become very unhealthy and our future generation is at high risk. The packaged food available in school canteens, the colas, the fried food items and the preservative-laden pizzas and burgers are harming the kids no end. There is an immediate need to put a full stop to these unhealthy habits, which if not checked, can result in serious health hazards.
What is a Balanced Diet?
A balanced diet is usually a diet consisting of all the necessary macro and micro nutrients that play important roles in development, repair and recreation of the body cells. In a balanced diet, all essential nutrients like proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fibre and fat are present in optimal amounts so that the body’s metabolism is maintained in its normal pace and the growth is not hampered. Every nutrient in a balanced diet plays its role in the development and growth of a child’s brain and body. For example: protein helps in building up of new cells, carbohydrates help in providing instant energy, fats provide latent energy etc. A meal should have all these components in the naturally obtained form i.e. from animals or plants. To ensure that your child is getting a well-balanced diet, you must include variety in his food. Giving him a meal complete with vegetables, starchy items such as rice or chapatti, fruits, pulses, dairy products and/or meats is always a good idea.
Dos for a Child’s Healthy Dietary Habit:
Don’ts for a Healthy Dietary Habit:
Following healthy eating habits and having a well-balanced diet in the growing years will prove to be very beneficial for the child in his adult life. A child who eats well is more likely to have a well-built physique and a sharp mind as compared to the ones who have had improper eating habits. A well-balanced diet in the foundations years will make him less prone to diseases in the future. As parents, it is our moral responsibility to provide the best to our child, so why compromise on the most basic need-food?