Knowledge and Food Information


How absorbent are your children’s brains, or do they more resemble leaky buckets? If your kids are as bright as you say they are, they should be doing better in school. She seems to be such a fantastic communicator (especially with text messaging). Still, she can’t write a quality book report, and he can’t seem to focus long enough on anything to master it (except video games).

There could be several causes for this. It could be a lack of diet and exercise, a learning or developmental problem, or even a lack of challenge at school. Your thoughts exactly… No! There’s no way malnutrition is to blame. My kid is never hungry since they always have plenty to eat. In reality, he or she is overweight, but perhaps this is just a phase. Unfortunately, research shows that obese children often become obese adults. Further, evidence is mounting that many kids in North America, particularly in the winter when UVB rays are weaker, aren’t getting enough vitamin D. This is just one more argument in favor of putting the controller down and exercising outside.


Statistics reveal that one-third of kids are overweight, and over 80% of kids take their parents’ food aversions (or “food neophobia”) to heart. Most people who suffer from food aversion choose to stick to the unhealthy meals they know and are comfortable with, such as sugary cereals, soda, and fatty fast food. These foods, however, lower energy levels, damage concentration, and hinder memory and learning. Children who are picky eaters or who fear trying new foods are at a higher risk of developing nutritional deficiencies.

Malnutrition can occur in youngsters of average weight and those who are severely malnourished. So, even while many kids eat a lot, that might not mean they’re getting enough nutrients to grow and thrive. Problems with behavior, academic performance, and health are expected in children whose diets are high in saturated fat, sugar, chemicals, and sodium.

Advice on how to raise responsible children

Don’t let your kids go to school hungry. The first meal of the day should always be breakfast. Eating breakfast has been shown to improve one’s weight, mood, and cognitive function. Studies have found that kids who eat breakfast are less likely to be hyperactive, perform better on standardized tests, and behave better than their breakfast-skipping peers. Children who have sugary breakfasts are shown to consume more calories overall throughout the day.

Get rid of unhealthy snacks. High-sugar breakfast cereals, soda, chips, ice cream, cake, cookies, candy, and the vast majority of processed foods fall into this category. Prepare healthy snacks by stocking your fridge with fresh produce, whole grains, and raw nuts. Make nutritious smoothies by stocking up on frozen fruit and plain yogurt. If you want them to switch from soda to water, it might help get them bottled water. They must increase their water intake to six to eight glasses daily.

Ensure your kids know they can still pick out relatively healthy options at fast food joints and school cafeterias. Saturated fat, carbohydrates, chemicals, and sodium are prevalent in most menu items, making youngsters lethargic, irritable, and unwell. Your children’s school success, behavior, and disposition are affected by their food choices. They should get the salad as a side dish instead of the french fries. Drink water or a little juice instead of soda. Just order one burger instead of two. Pick grilled chicken over fried any day. If you indulge in dessert, get the smaller snack size. No more than once a week should you dine at a fast food restaurant.
The last three suggestions have nothing to do with diet but are nonetheless helpful:

Put to get your kids moving for at least an hour every day. Exercising outdoors is an excellent way to get some much-needed vitamin D and boost your mood, improve your health, build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints, and burn calories.

Teach your kids early and often about the adverse effects of tobacco use. Within 7–10 seconds after inhalation, nicotine in tobacco smoke travels through the smoker’s lungs, into the bloodstream, and ultimately to the brain.

See to it that they receive a good night’s rest. Scientists have found that not getting enough shut-eye can impair focus, memory, performance, and reaction time. School-aged children require between 10 and 12 hours of sleep per night. Adequate rest is essential for students in high school.

Your children’s energy levels, focus, and memory retention will improve dramatically if you instruct them in healthy eating and living. In addition, research shows that kids who eat well-become adults who prioritize good nutrition.

Even if you eat well most of the time, there may be occasions when you feel that supplementing your diet would be beneficial. Some dietary supplements have been shown to improve cognitive abilities and general health. Taking folic acid can help with memory loss. Whole grain breakfast cereals, lentils, black-eyed peas, soybeans, spinach, green peas, artichokes, broccoli, wheat germ, beets, and oranges are some of the best food sources of folic acid. Oranges, bananas, apricots, avocados, melons, peaches, and nectarines are all excellent sources of potassium, which helps with energy and brain function. Memory and cognitive performance can also be enhanced by eating oily fish like salmon and berries like blueberries and acai. Those who don’t consume fish daily should take fish oil and fatty acid supplements. Eating fish or shellfish more than twice weekly is not recommended to reduce mercury intake.

In conclusion, please pay close attention to what your children are doing and what they are eating… or not eating, in addition to looking at other issues that may be causing them to have problems at school. Encourage them to eat breakfast regularly, avoid keeping junk food in the house, cut down on fast food, choose healthy options when eating out, engage in regular physical activity, avoid tobacco use, and get plenty of sleep. If necessary, supplement their food with high-quality nutrients. The first step is to lead by example and adopt a healthy way of life.

Facebook: Karen Robinson, AFASE provides parents and guardians with children who have autism and other developmental challenges with special education advocacy training and consultation services.

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