Parents want the best for their children, and that includes in terms of food and nutrition. Sometimes, things don’t always go as planned, however. Between picky eating habits and the need for convenience, many kids aren’t getting the nutrients they need. The result of poor childhood eating habits can be far-reaching. Kids who don’t get a proper, balanced diet are ultimately at a higher risk for conditions including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. A poor diet or a diet lacking in key nutrients can affect a child’s growth and development, and even their performance at school. If a child has less-than-optimal eating habits from a young age, it’s significantly more difficult for them to make a change later in their life.
The foundation for healthy eating habits begins early in childhood. Despite the importance of childhood nutrition, many families still aren’t sure of the specifics of what kids should be eating, and how a poor diet can have short and long-term adverse effects. The team at Nifty Benefits put together a comprehensive infographic highlighting what every parent and family should know about childhood nutrition.