Nutrition and child development are important, but when children aren’t getting the proper nutrition it affects their ability to learn and thrive in their world. The campaign for No Kid Hungry is designed to help prevent children from going hungry and not living up to their full potential.
Nutrition is a catalyst for the brain to function at its optimum level. This is true for both children and adults, but children are most affected by this in their early life. Is there a way to make sure that children get the nutrition they need without fail?
Today, I’ll share with you some research that was done for Feeding America and what they discovered.
Understanding Nutrition and Child Development
Children come into the world completely helpless and their parents are responsible for taking care of them in every aspect of their lives.
This is why it’s important to understand nutrition and child development. Here are some facts that were published by Feeding America.
1. Children that are insecure about whether or not they’ll get to eat are most likely to be reported as having fair or poor health.
2. Children that do not live in homes regarded as food secure are more likely to be hospitalized, and are prone to illness and other emotional problems.
3. Children that eat breakfast are more likely to do better in school. Eating breakfast sends a child off to school with good nutrition, protein, and what they need to be focused and ready for their day.
4. Children who do not battle hunger are more likely to have healthier views of food and how it fuels the body. They are also more likely to be healthier as adults.
These facts should be common sense, but if you have never faced these issues as a child or an adult it could leave you feeling a bit clueless. Children that eat well and eat the proper number of meals don’t face the health challenges that hungry children face.
The world that hungry children live in is a world that most cannot understand. These children are helpless and cannot find ways of providing for themselves. If they make friends with children that are well provided for, then they at least have one avenue of security. This avenue shouldn’t be found outside of their home, but it’s unfortunate that this is often the case.
Can you imagine getting up in the morning but having no breakfast before you head to work? You would feel hunger pangs, and you would feel sick to your stomach at some point. It’s also likely that you would begin to get a headache or even begin to feel very tired after a while. Nonetheless, you would probably be easily distracted because of the lack of focus.
Getting the proper nutrition is so important early in life, and good nutrition should continue. It’s tough to imagine that a developing brain isn’t getting fed, and when a child has trouble thinking or figuring things out, the first source of the problem we look for shouldn’t be a learning disability. Perhaps the real problem is a food and nutrition deficiency.
There is much to be done still in the United States to help prevent child hunger. What can we do as a country to put this to an end? The evidence is undeniable when it comes to nutrition and child development.
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