Taken from a one of my presentations in Health Psychology…
With the exception of the first year of life, the majority of a person’s growth occurs during adolescence (Stang, Story, & U.M., 2008). This creates an increase in need for energy and nutrients to supply the energy. Nutrient needs are higher during adolescence than any other time of a person’s life. Proper nutrition during this time is essential for healthy maturation into adulthood as well as to help prevent diet-related chronic disease that can occur during adulthood such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis.
However, despite the great importance of healthy eating during this crucial growth time of adolescence, many young individuals are not eating a diet that meets national nutrition guidelines, such as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (Stang, Story, & U.M., 2008). To understand and resolve this problem, it is important to understand the eating behaviors of adolescents and what factors influence them. Personal factors such as cognitive-affective factors and behaviors as well as the social environment can impact nutritional intake. Adopting poor nutrition behaviors as well as developing eating disorders are concerns that effect nutrition intake in a negative way that would impact health. Understanding not only the nutrition requirements but also these factors that influence nutrition behaviors in adolescents will help in the prevention of nutrition related health problems that may occur in youth and later in adulthood as diet-related chronic disease.
Stang, J., Story, M., & University of Minnesota. (2008). Guidelines for adolescent nutrition services. Duluth, Minn.: University of Minnesota.
Many parents of adolescents understand the frustration of trying to get their kids to eat right. At this age, most kids are trying to develop their independence. They want to make some choices of their own. Here are 3 good tips I can share with you that have helped me see that my own kids got the nourishment they needed to develop strong immune systems, mental and physical health.
- Lead by example. You can’t expect your kids to eat healthy if you do not eat healthy yourself.
- Provide only healthy choices in your household. Choices are there, while any choice made is a good one. My services include education in this area.
- Utilize supplements. Even in making healthy choices in food, we sometimes find ourselves lacking in nutrients which can create cravings that lead to loading up on unhealthy calories.
- For over 20 years I have used Nature’s Sunshine’s supplements. I expect I will continue for the next 20+ years to use them because I have always been pleased with the results and quality of them. We caring some items in our office and have them online at herbalhour.mynsp.com
If you need help becoming a family who eats healthy, I also provide family sessions that focus on helping in nutrition and behaviors.
You can find me at dohi Center for Well-being (717) 473-4980 or email me at CharlotteTest@dohiwellbeing.com.
My sessions are held in our Waynesboro, PA office or can be scheduled at my mountain ranch in Fairfield, PA which also incorporates Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.