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  • 4 Unhealthy Eating Habits Underweight Or Stunted Kids Usually Do

    Did you know that one of them is excessive snacking?
4 Unhealthy Eating Habits Underweight Or Stunted Kids Usually Do
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  • Keeping children healthy has always been every mom’s priority. And during these challenging times, it has become even more essential to ascertain they are getting all the nutrients they need.

    It’s a given to provide kids their daily dose of fruits, veggies, milk, lean meat, and grains — but don’t stop there. It is said that poor food intake can cause children to become underweight or stunted, so watch out for unhealthy eating habits your child may have.

    Don’t overlook habits such as these:

    1. “Grazing” or excessive snacking

    Kids love to snack. But done in excess, it can ruin their appetite and lead them to turn down nutritious meals you’ve carefully prepared for them.

    The first thing you need to do is to set and follow meal and snack times to solve this dilemma. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in the USA, a good rule of thumb is to offer snacks a few hours after a meal ends and about one to two hours before the next meal begins.

    2. Skipping breakfast

    You already know this, but it never hurts to repeat. Don’t let your child skip a meal, especially breakfast. Experts say that kids who eat breakfast tend to eat healthier and maintain a healthy weight. Try serving them fresh fruits or peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

    3. Using gadgets while eating

    Instill in your child the habit of eating at the table, away from gadgets. This means no smartphones, game consoles, and yes, even the television. This way, they can fully enjoy their meals and avoid eating mindlessly.

    Moms and dads, please don’t be tempted to use screens as an aid to feed your child. A study conducted in Lithuania found: “Children who are exposed to screens during meals were also reported by their parents as consuming more junk foods and as having more behavioral problems.”

    4. Filling up with high-calorie, unhealthy foods

    If you find your child to be underweight or stunted, the best course of action is to consult a nutritionist or a pediatrician to determine a diet best suited for your child. It’s normal for a concerned parent to take action, but do not take matters into your own hands by feeding them large amounts of food.

    But make it a point to go for quality over quantity — no high-calorie, sugary, and fatty foods. Do take a rain check on random snack requests, especially if it includes junk food.

    To boost your child’s diet and prevent them from becoming underweight or suffering from growth stunting, your nutritionist or pediatrician may prescribe a supplement to partner with a balanced diet and an active lifestyle, such as NUTREN® Junior, a special nutritional formula for children above 3 years old. NUTREN® Junior has both macro (protein, carbohydrates, and fats) and micronutrients (B vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, and B12; vitamins A, zinc, and selenium) to support their nutritional needs.

    NUTREN® Junior is available in drugstores and selected groceries nationwide. You can also order online on Shopee and Lazada. Learn more about this product by following Nutren Jr PH on Facebook.

This article was created by Summit Storylabs in partnership with NESTLÉ NUTREN® JUNIOR.