NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING FOR WEIGHT CONTROL IN CHILDREN 

Children (2-10 years old) show a continuous physiological, psychological and social development. Childhood is an important period in which growth and development occur rapidly and behaviors that will continue in adulthood are acquired. Childhood obesity is one of the most serious problems of the 21st century. The main reason for this problem is the fundamental imbalance between calories taken and calories expended. 

Nutrition has an important place in mental and physical development as well as healthy growth and development in children. By giving children the right nutritional habits, we ensure that their development is healthy and we have the right eating habits throughout life. 

 

Purposes; 

In this process, our aim is not to follow a low-calorie diet. To provide your child's macro and micronutrients from healthy and natural foods and to ensure their adequate and balanced consumption. At the same time, it is to increase the level of physical activity and encourage exercise. At the end of this process, they become individuals who have adopted a lifelong sustainable diet and have reduced the risk of many diseases. 

Health problems that can be seen when adequate and balanced nutrition is not provided: 

  •  Weakness, Overweight 

  •  Short stature (stunted) 

  •  Weak immune system 

  •  Mental development problems 

  •  Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 

  •  Problems with appetite and appetite perception 

  •  Muscle tissue problems, fatigue 

  •  Digestive system problems 

  •  Metabolism disorders (cholesterol, diabetes (sugar), blood pressure etc.) 

 

What is the advantage of healthy nutritionist education in childhood? 

  •  Ensures that the child receives all nutrients in a sufficient and balanced way. 

  •  Supports the healthy growth and development of the child 

  •  It completes its physical development (height increase, etc.) in a healthy way. 

  •  Provides a healthy hormonal and metabolic development 

  •  It prevents health problems (such as anemia, malnutrition, obesity and early tooth decay) caused by nutritional deficiencies in children. 

  •  It helps to protect life-long health in children and to reduce the risk of adult chronic diseases (cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, some types of cancer and osteoporosis). 

 

Problems that can be seen in this age group; 

  •  Choosing food 

  •  Anorexia 

  •  Obesity 

  •  Nutrient deficiency 

  •  Turning towards packaged products (preferring unhealthy foods) 

  •  Inactive life