Encouraging kids to eat healthy and nutritious foods can be a tall order for any parent. Youngsters, normally, prefer to eat sweets, and often ignore vegetables, fruits and other healthy food sources.
As a parent, it can be somewhat upsetting to see them complain about the food they are getting and it does take a great deal of patience and determination to convince them to take a bite of healthy and nutritious food.
Yet, for all these challenges, every effort must be made to ensure that
children have a healthy, nutritious and properly portioned diet.
Eating Habits Develop At An Early Age
As recent studies and research have confirmed, the dietary habits of every person are largely developed before he or she reaches the age of 5.
When children are served wholesome and nourishing food, they are more likely to enjoy and reach for these foods as they grow older. This, in turn, prevents chronic diseases and increases their chances of living a healthy and fit life.
If, on the other hand, you feed your child a lot of fast food, junk food and sugary treats, he or she will develop those tastes and they will become their regular habits.
When children become dependent on unhealthy sources, it can be quite overwhelming for them to switch to healthier and more nutritious options. Even worse, it can lead to a number of health problems, one of which is the growing epidemic of obesity among the under 20 population.
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