What’s the importance of childhood nutrition? How can children’s eating habits even as toddlers impact them for the rest of their lives? We all want to ensure we’re making the right choices for our kids, but sometimes that doesn’t include nutrition. Children are notoriously picky eaters, and as busy families, it can be easier to simply let our kids eat the foods they want, rather than waging a constant battle. Unfortunately, the effects of poor childhood nutrition don’t just lead to results such as increased likelihood of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. A poor diet in childhood can cause problems in growth and development physically, mentally and academically.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 percent of all children aged 2 to 18 are classified as being overweight. Being proactive and understanding the nutritional needs of children is so important. The things kids learn from a young age will stick with them throughout their life, and this includes healthy eating habits. Nifty Benefits created an informative infographic that outlines everything you should know about the nutritional needs of children.