Nutrition for Women & Children
Category : Health
Author : Aaliya Rais

“The first wealth is health.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“This is what people don’t understand: obesity is a symptom of poverty. It’s not a lifestyle choice where people are just eating and not exercising. It’s because kids – and this is the problem with the school lunch right now – are getting sugar, fat and empty calories – lots of calories –but no nutrition.” – Tom Colicchio

“The first wealth is health.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“This is what people don’t understand: obesity is a symptom of poverty. It’s not a lifestyle choice where people are just eating and not exercising. It’s because kids – and this is the problem with the school lunch right now – are getting sugar, fat and empty calories – lots of calories –but no nutrition.” – Tom Colicchio

Nutrients provide nourishment, in the most basic terms. Proteins, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals, fiber and water – all of them are classified as nutrients.

People should have the right balanced diet and should have the right balance of nutrients in their diet. Balanced nutrition and a healthy diet can support your body in many ways. Whether you are looking to increase your energy and mood, combat stress or boost fertility, what you fuel your body with can make an impact.

Nutritional quality is determined by the value of the product for the consumer’s physical health, growth, development, reproduction, and general well-being. Nutrition is very important as far as children and women are concerned.

Why is nutrition important for women?

The answer is simple but focussing on one’s nutrition is a very difficult task for women across the world. Women’s nutrition is important, as balanced nutrition and a healthy diet can support the body in many ways.

Today’s women are handling multiple tasks and juggling responsibilities and they should definitely have good food and a good balanced diet so that they can handle all situations. Women also have unique nutritional needs and during each stage of life, these needs change.

Right eating habits can easily give new energy and boost life well. Women should have iron rich foods so that the body is very well active in all aspects, women should have it and folic acid during the reproductive years as they need iron rich foods as well as folic acid

Daily calcium and vitamin D is also required during motherhood as the calcium and vitamin D helps the newborn for development and growth.

Nutritional values for women are important, for if women cannot get adequate nutrition then they will suffer a lot due to maternal malnutrition. Maternal malnutrition can affect the development of the fetus, cause intrauterine growth delay and increase the risk of the infant developing impairments. Micronutrients often play a specificƒ role in such occurrences, for example, low maternal folate is associated with an increased risk of neural tube defects.

Maternal and newborn nutrition saves lives and supports development and greater economic prosperity. Maternal and newborn health are connected. Good nutrition in the first 1000 days supports a healthy start for children, while pregnant women need good nutrition for their own and their babies’ health.

Why is nutrition important during childhood?

Let me give you the answer: childhood is the most important phase of life. The three most important benefits of early childhood nutrition are:

  • It helps in building immunity against various infectious diseases.
  • Nutrition ensures proper development of the brain and vital organs.
  • It improves a child’s activity levels and cognitive functioning.

 

Some tips:

  • Eat healthy and a variety of good food.
  • In child food we should increase fruits and vegetables.
  • Give your children healthy snacks rather than processed food.

During childhood, in case of under- nutrition, kids can have less energy and interest during learning, which negatively affects their cognitive development and academic performance. It also affects physical growth and maturation, body, height and weight. Well-nourished children are better able to grow, learn and play and participate in their communities.

Yet in today’s world, many children are not getting the nutritious food they need to survive and thrive. This is especially true for the poorest and vulnerable children, at least one in three children under five is affected by malnutrition in its most visible form: stunting, wasting and being overweight.

  • Children affected by stunting: 144 million under the age of 5 are too short for their age and their brains may never develop to their full cognitive potential, hindering their ability to learn as children, earn as adults and contribute fully to their societies.
  • Children affected by wasting: 47 million approx. Children globally with wasting are desperately thin, have weakened immune systems, and face an increased risk of death. They require urgent treatment and care to survive.
  • Children affected by overweight: nearly 38 million children under 5 worldwide as the global food system shifts and the consumption and processed food high in fat , sugar and salt increases, childhood overweight is on the rise in every region of the world, particularly in middle – income countries.

 

1 Comment

  1. Asma Imtiyaz

    Very informative article it is ….
    Aall of us means women should maintain their health and their children also…….

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