Educators and Adults Need to Teach Young People to Develop Healthy Nutritional Habits

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Food: the source of energy humans need to survive. Starvation will shut the body down and this phenomenon is common today. Several try cutting out carbohydrates or fats out of their diets in the hopes of losing weight rapidly while others obsessively count calories. Most of these habits begin at home or school due to negative remarks upon one’s physical appearance. The number of calories or food group should not be the main decision in receiving satisfaction from a meal. Therefore, parents and educators should help reinforce a healthy mindset by giving attention to the nutritional advice for their child’s health.


There are three groups in nutrition: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins with various of subgroups among them. Depending on an individual’s age or goals, the percentage of the three will alternate through their lifetime. Some may become carlotie decfit to provoke weight loss or strive for a surplus to gain weight. However, avoiding certain foods can create an unhealthy relation, causing eating disorders; it can be prevented through guidance.


According to the New York Times article, “Parenting and Food: Eat Your Peas. Or Don’t. Whatever” by Frank Bruni implies from nutritionists, “They say parents can and should encourage sensible eating and vigorous physical activity by engaging in both themselves; children are likely to imitate those behaviors.” The parent’s relationship with food needs to be moderately healthy to influence similarities. It would be inequitable to judge upon their weight if they also don’t put the effort themselves and show the child.


Read the nutritional label. Look at the vitamins, sugar levels, cholesterol, and sodium before looking at the amount of calories. Teach children about what vitamins do for their body though association. For example, orange colored vegetables and fruits: carrots, papayas, sweet potatoes contain a high source in vitamin A, which is needed for vision and a healthy immune system. Short and simple, but educational.


Learning about nutrition in a memorable and entertaining way will be more successful than just stating the information. In the article, “Why Teach Kids About Food” by Vera Tweed, exposes a Chicago non-profit food education program, Pilot Light, who have cooking lessons with children and appropriate lectures as well. Among their statistics it has encouraged children by “93% to know that their food choices will affect their future health”. Teaching nutrition at a younger age raises more awareness on what they are consuming. Soon they are questioning the difference between homemade potato chips and store-bought because they are the same product but with different nutritional values.


Guidance is important to help the youth develop their own perceptions on food while emphasizing healthful guidelines with positive rewards.