Children as well as adults need a balanced diet, enriched with vitamins. If children start to eat a balanced diet from their childhood they will easily acquire this habit of eating healthy. It’s very unfortunate that today’s children don’t get this guidance from their parents as their parents don’t always know what the ‘right’ food choices should be.
Fruits and vegetables are storehouses of all essential vitamins and minerals that children need for growth. Lean meats and dairy products are also full of vitamins. But children generally don’t like this type of food. They don’t really understand why they are asked to eat foods that they don’t like especially when there are so many other delicious kinds of food in the world.
Everyone knows that the favorite foods of children should be the smallest part of a healthy diet. Processed food should make up just a tiny proportion of a person’s daily food intake. If these foods are eaten occasionally it’s not a problem. But children are now so dependent on fast food that they suffer from bad nutrition.
The result of wrong food choices is dangerous. It causes children to be dangerously overweight and they don’t get the vitamins and minerals their bodies need to function properly. The human body is capable of producing only a few of the essential vitamins and minerals on its own. For the rest we have to depend on the food we eat.
Vitamin D is absolutely vital to the development of healthy, strong teeth and bones. A child needs this vitamin from the earliest days of his life. A deficiency of this causes rickets which for a while seemed to be under control but is coming back once again and becoming a serious health problem. Bones are deformed and become soft and easily broken in this disease. One of the earliest significant signs of rickets is the skull, which when healthy is thick and hard, but becomes thin and soft. Other symptoms are that the head doesn’t form properly and teeth may not grow in where they should. Gradually as the disease progresses, other parts of the body like wrists, ribs, knees, ankles all may experience abnormal growth.
The effects of other vitamin deficiencies are not always obvious. So it’s difficult to know that the problem even exists until serious problems arise. Vitamins are essential for all bodily functions to keep working properly. These functions include vision, production of red blood cells and growth hormones and proper development of every major system like the immune system, circulatory system and digestive system.
It is important to keep an eye on your child’s eating habits. If your child seems addicted to fast foods listed above, try to change the routine. Include more vitamin-rich choices into the diet. Encourage him or her to take extra vitamins daily. Using those which have been specifically made for children can help because they are often more palatable than adult vitamins. Your child needs nutrients to grow and develop. Once you help show your child just how delicious nutritious food can be, he will acquire a taste for healthy food and your job of making sure he eats properly will become effortless.