Nutritional Deficiencies in Teens

by : Harry Johnson

Deficiency is one of the most common nutritional disorders, and adolescents are at special risk - up to 13 per cent of teenage boys and girls were found to have low iron stores. Rapid growth, coupled with a fast lifestyle and poor dietary choices, can result in iron-deficiency. Teenage girls need to pay particular attention to iron because their iron stores are depleted each month following menstruation.

During adolescence there a high incidence of nutritional deficiencies and poor eating habits. This may lead to consequences in later years including osteoporosis, obesity, hyperlipedemia, sexual maturation delays, and final adult height. In addition, the development of eating disorders is very prominent during this period. Nutritional surveys have indicated that the highest prevalence of nutritional deficiencies occur during adolescence

Good nutrition equals vibrant health and clear, glowing skin. Some high school kids turn to a more healthy, natural foods diet to "stick it" to giant food conglomerates. Such kids love detecting labeling tricks or seeing how much air and how little cereal goes into those giant boxes, or discovering that food manufacturers replace real fruit with food dyes and artificial flavors.

Many acne sufferers are aware that if they eat sweets, the condition will worsen. Sugar can lower resistance to bacterial infection, and so the strict avoidance of sugar makes a lot of sense.

Risks for Nutritional Deficiencies
1.Eating disorders
2.Chronic medical conditions
3.Use of alcohol or drugs
4.Strict Vegan diet
5.Low socio-economic status
As parents, we're all familiar with the struggles of getting our children to eat green veggies instead of purple, pink, and blue sugary cereals. You may also be familiar with the worry over making sure a teen eats at all. For information on proper nutrition for kids of all ages, strategies for getting kids to eat their veggies, and eating disorders in teens. Parents have the responsibility to learn what their children's needs are.

If you know about teen's nutrition you feel free to go the following web sites:

They describe
1) The nutrient needs of young children and appropriate feeding practices including issues such as choking, portion sizes, and snaking.
Discuss nutrition-related concerns of children including the link between diet and behavior, the problem of lead, and the impact of television on nutrition
3) Distinguish between food allergies, intolerances, and aversions.
4) Discuss the special nutrient needs and concerns of teenagers including the effect of diet and acne.
5) Describe special nutritional needs of older adults and the suspected connections between diet and disease.
6) Discus the relationship between food, mind and memory.