NUTRITION

We try to make youths and teenagers understand the essence and importance of having a healthy feeding and nutritional life. More often than not, teenagers tend to feed on junk foods that may be detrimental to their health as they develop into adult life which in turn will not bring out the best in them as regards their developmental and intellectual capabilities.

Flyingteens will be bringing updates on various nutritional guidelines that can help not only teenagers build a healthy lifestyle, but also guide parents as they pass through the severities of training and bringing up their children. The different classes of food we consume contains varying amount of calories which if not controlled, may result in negative health outcomes like obesity, retarded growth amongst others.

In this episode, we provide a cursory digest of the required calories intake necessary for healthy feeding habits and development in teenagers.

CALORIES:

Calories are the measurement used to express the energy delivered by food. There’s usually a surge in the appetite of youths which begins around the age of 10 in girls and 12 in boys. This surge foreshadows the growth spirit of puberty. “Adolescents, especially boys seem like they are hungry all the time” says many story”. The body at this stage demands more calories during adolescence than the later periods in life. On average, boys require about 2800cl per day while girls require 2200cl per day. Even when parents try to control the level of calories consumed in junk foods by their children, it is not uncommon to find teenagers stockpiling a small cache of their favourite snacks underneath their beds.

Typically, the ravenous hunger starts to wane once a child has stopped growing, though not always says the dietitians. “kids who are big and tall or who participate in physical activity will still need increased amount of energy into late adolescence”.During the middle and late adolescence stages, girls eat roughly 25% fewer calories per day than boys do. Consequently, they are more deficient in vitamins and mineral.

The nutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat) in food serve as a source of energy to the body.Each gram of protein and carbohydrate supplies 4cl or units of energy.

protein

Out of the basic nutrients highlighted above, there is a much lesser concern the protein intake in teenagers because about 50% of our body weight is made up of protein and in the United States for example, it has been found that adolescents get as much as twice the required protein they need due to the density of the sources of protein which includes daily food intakes like beef, chicken, turkey, pork, fish, eggs and cheese which are teenage favourites.

You are encouraged to keep a tab on these essentials as we will be bringing further discourse on other sources of nutrients like carbohydrates and fats in our next episode

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