Nutritional Mistakes Parents Make and How to Change It

Staring at the Problem - Nutritional Mistakes

The quality of health we enjoy as adults can be traced back directly to our childhood. Unlike many believes health has little to do with good or bad genes. The environment of a child in his or her formative years has an enormously strong influence on how his or her wellness or illness will develop through his or her life up to adulthood.

Malnutrition or feeding our children in the wrong way will not only likely result in health problems, but can result in some mental and physical imbalances. The consequences can inhibit, sabotage, and impede the normal maturation and growth of a child and provoke more than 233 diseases related to poor nutrition early in their lives.

Another staggering concern is that recent statistics revealed that in the first time in American history, Americans suffer from severe diminished children’s health and quality of life. According to these statistics, Americans are nurturing a generation of stressed, sick, overweight, short living, and drug dependent underachievers. The reason can be tracked down directly to the careless attitude of parents about proper nutrition, regular exercising and keeping away from any kind of drugs unless utterly essential.

Changing Direction

These are the four most common nutritional mistakes parents make. Starting to make changes on these four mistakes can make a huge difference in changing direction for a healthier lifestyle and better nutrition.

  1. Parents need to set the better example and stop passing on their poor lifestyle habits as the norm to their children.
  2. Stop using junk or fast foods as rewards for good behavior.
  3. Include healthy eating as part of the requirements for receiving special privileges and their allowances.
  4. Stop labeling and criticizing children as underachievers or as overweight and using words such as stupid, fat, obese, or dumb while talking to or about them.

6 Crucial Facts about Child Nutrition

  1. A mother’s eating habits before and during her pregnancy establishes a child’s nutrition. Poor nutrition starts in the mother’s womb.
  2. Poor child nutrition provokes the development of diseases, fatigue, weight problems, poor life expectancy, and mental dysfunction in later stages of life.
  3. Children need more nutrients than grownups. This is because of the increased metabolic activity in certain growth phases up to early adulthood.
  4. Poor lifestyle choices during childhood such as insufficient nutrition and substance abuse causes undesired handicaps such as under development, mental handicaps, and premature aging.
  5. If children are well nourished they have the ability to recover much quicker from injuries and illness than adults.
  6. Many times, genetic disorders are traced back to a lack of proper nutrition.Therefore, a lack of proper nutrition and poor eating habits are a direct result of a weakened generation.

Paying better attention to what we feed our children in their vulnerable formative years will ensure that they need to face less health challenges during their adult years. The best thing we as parents can do for our children right from their first breath is to feed our children in the most perfect way possible and to teach them from a very young age to feed themselves in the most healthy way possible. 


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