Doing your best for your child’s health

August 26th, 2013

It's important for anybody and everybody to get a wide range of nutrients and to partake in regular physical exercise, yet with modern advances in technology, it is only getting easier to be inactive. As well as this, the developed world is eating more food – and not the good stuff like veggies, either.

Because of this, many more babies and children are growing up overweight or obese. This puts them at a higher risk of a variety of ailments such as cardiovascular disease and type two diabetes.

On August 23, Monash University released its research findings, which have linked schoolchildren suffering from obesity with a higher risk of developing psychological problems. Problems included inappropriate behaviour, relationship problems, learning difficulties and depression.

"The early identification of children at risk of developing these combinations of physical and mental health problems may enable interventions that can help to prevent progression to more serious physical and mental health problems in later life," said the study's co-author, Emeritus Professor Mark Wahlqvist.

It may help to encourage healthy and intuitive eating habits in your child from a young age, while also fostering self-esteem and a strong sense of self-worth. While your infant is young it's important they are getting a wide range of nutrients to support their growing selves, and a nourishing diet may also help your baby to bounce back faster after a case of the baby cold or stuffy nose.

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