Children and Teens

 

Background

Healthy eating is a vital part of normal growth and development for children. One way to help make sure children are eating well is to assess their daily food habits and watch how they grow. NutriSTEP® Nutrition Screening Tool for Every Preschooler is used with preschoolers and toddlers. Dietitians of Canada encourages use of NutriSTEP®. Parents and caregivers can access Nutri-eSTEP interactive tool at www.nutritionscreen.ca.

In Canada, rates of obesity among children and youth ages 2 to 17 are on the rise. No single factor can reverse the obesity trend – social, environmental, economic, cultural and biological factors all play a role. Dietitians work in many settings with families, communities and other professionals to help children eat well and grow normally.

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Resources

Growth standards and growth references for boys and girls in Canada.

WHO Growth Charts