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According to the American Dietetic Association one out of every four American children is overweight. Starting good eating and exercising habits when you are young may help you keep a healthy weight throughout your life.|
Children can gain weight just like adults when they eat more calories than they burn. But children should not over do it when it comes to limiting their calorie intake to achieve a certain weight. You don't want to do anything that will hurt normal growth and development. What you should do is increase your physical activity and balance your food choices over a period of time. You can enjoy a wide variety of foods eaten in moderation. A balanced diet is essential for the best growth and development.
Components of having good nutrition, like exercise and nutrients, are important to your health. Many things can effect the components of your nutrition. The pages in this section will help you learn how to be a healthy eater.
Recommended Daily Amounts