Daily 2000-4000 calories are required for teens depending on their gender and size. More milk is required for teenage girls than the rest of the population. A lot of junk food is eaten by the teens these days and this does not fulfill their daily requirements.
Foods from the “meat and alternatives” group are not eaten by majority of teenage girls. Most of them do not eat food and skip meals to stay thin and when they eat finally they end up eating junk food. There are majority of teens who are addicted to fast food. These days eating is a social activity and teens get influenced to eat things whatever their friends often eat.
Given below are a few points to keep in mind and keep the teen and their eating habits healthy in school.
First is to include best foods in their food whether they eat inside the school or outside the school and they are broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, onions, garlic, cauliflower, beets, cabbage, apricots, soybeans, fruits, tofu and bread that has fiber.
Second is to eat healthy food requires planning. So this can be done by packing lunch for school and to keep healthy snacks and food in it or keeping healthy snacks in their bags or car.
Third is to eat food regularly and frequently. These days kid’s often skip their meals and do not have regular eating habits due to their busy schedule and distractions. This can lead to unhealthy eating at the next meal time or too much eating. Hence, a diet consisting of three meals and snacks in between in a day is suggested for the teens to maintain.
Fourth is to eat in response to the body’s signals and hunger. If a teen does not listen to his or her body’s signal it can lead to diseases like obesity.
Fifth is teens should have interest and control over their eating habits. They can also recommend their friends to eat out at healthy places and suggest their families to cook healthy foods. They can also demonstrate to their friends the benefits of eating wisely and regularly.
There is also a Committee for Responsible Medicine that improves the food served to the kids. They do this by providing education about the food choices to school officials and the food service workers and tell them about the best food choices so as to promote the long-term health and current health of the children.