Healthy eating and healthy weights for children
Healthy eating is a vital part of normal growth and development for children. 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:
Enjoy healthy eating as a normal part of childhood
Attain nutrient and energy needs to support healthy growth and development
Develop a positive body image and high self esteem
Support the development of healthy food behaviours, including cooking and shopping skills
Enjoy at least 60 minutes of moderate-to -vigorous intensity physical activity daily
Limit sedentary behaviours
Develop supportive environments that make healthy choices the easier choice
Positions and Actions:
In 2010, the Public Health Agency of Canada, released Curbing Childhood Obesity – a Framework for Action. Dietitians of Canada generally supports the Framework for Action and calls for immediate action on supporting the healthy growth and development of Canadian children. This includes monitoring growth and development beginning at birth, early identification and management of growth and development issues, focusing on creating supportive environments that make it easier for children to eat well and be active at home, at school, and at play.
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