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Are modern day children getting adequate nutrition?

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Asked at 2010.01.02 06:09:50
The nutritional needs of a growing child are high. But do you think that children nowadays are relying too heavily on fast foods? There is a problem with childhood obesity. The question is, are modern day children meeting their nutritional needs?

Of course, I am not saying that children should abstain from all 'bad' foods. I'm just wondering if there is too much emphasis on the 'bad', nutrient deprived foods. Is junk food forming a major part of their diet?

Thanks for your input, feel free to share your thoughts on this.
answer apres vous  Answered at 2010.01.02 06:09:50
If my younger brother is any example, kids are definitely not getting adequate nutrition.

He is 10 years old and the pickiest eater I have ever seen. He will NOT eat vegetables and the only fruit I have seen him eat are persimmons. Rather than my step-mother forcing him to eat vegetables or fruits, she gives him 6 gummy candy vitamins. Apparently one gummy is equal to either one serving of vegetables or one serving of fruit. This is absolutely appalling to me. If he continues on this path when he is older I'm sure he will be the epitomy of fat and unhealthy.

In the small city they live in, there is basically one shopping center that has a McDonald's, Subway, a pizza place, Starbuck's, and a grocery store. When eating out, their only options are shite for food unless they drive 20 minutes to a larger town.

I don't believe my brother's is an isolated case. Everywhere you turn, especially in the fattest country in the world (America) you see more and more children who are becoming obese, maturing way sooner than their bodies should be, and generally lacking motivation, energy, or well-being.

I blame the easy availability of fast-foods, pre-packaged and processed foods, lack of exercise, parents not understanding what nutrition means or how to say "no!" And of course meat and dairy.

Scientists are beginning to say that this is the first generation that actually may die sooner than that of their parents.
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