- Adolescents are easily attracted to junk food
- Informing your children about the need for various nutrients
- Eating habits among adolescents  Your child's eating habits have a major impact on your child's overall development. Promoting healthy eating habits at the right age will help your child maintain a healthy weight and growth. Teenagers are more likely to develop unhealthy eating habits. They spend more time with their peers and have unhealthy eating habits. As a parent, you should include healthy eating in your teenager's diet to make sure that he or she receives all the necessary nutrients. Teenagers also need more energy because they are always involved in one or the other activity. Food is the most important source of energy. Poor eating habits can make your child lethargic and lead to obesity in the future. Here are a few tips for all parents, so that their teenagers need healthy food for their growth.
Tell them the importance of each nutrient.
Teenagers can easily become involved in bad eating habits. They have less knowledge about the need for different nutrients. You should teach your teenager how important healthy eating habits are for good growth and development. Tell them about the role of each nutrient and how important it is for a healthy lifestyle in this growing age. Good knowledge will motivate your child to eat healthily.
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Do not allow them to eat outside more often
Teenagers often make plans to eat outside during or after school. Eating outdoors means lots of extra calories and a variety of junk food. Design your meals more creatively with different and tasty elements. This will motivate your children to eat at home. If you eat meals outdoors more often, the nutritional value of the meals will be reduced. Prepare foods of your choice with healthier options so you can eat at home.
Reduce all distractions
Let your child focus on eating. Do not insert a TV or mobile phone during mealtimes. Create a distraction-free environment on the dining table. Children may not even notice when they are full or do not eat properly when they are too busy with TV or mobile phones. Also make sure that the whole family sits together for dinner. This creates a good environment for the children.
Regular exercise is very important, especially for teenagers. If your child does exercise regularly, they will feel the need for nutrients to grow. Regular exercise requires more nutrients to regain the energy needed for exercise. Do not let your kids spend too much time on the screen. Motivate them to play. It will also make you active and energetic.
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Make a strict smoking and drinking rule
Smoking and drinking habits usually start from young people. Too much dependence on smoking and drinking can make your child addicted. Early smoking and drinking can lead to poor eating and sleeping habits. It will also stop the right growth. Adolescents who drink and smoke may also be exposed to hormonal imbalance. If your child drinks or smokes it before it's too late.
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Written by: Varsha Vats
Source: Onlymyhealth Editorial Staff 4 February 2019