Ideally, children inherit half of their DNA from each parent - 50 percent from mother and 50% from father. However, the little organelles that live within the cells, the mitochondria, are received only from the mother, hence a child carries more of mother's genes than the father's. Fathers appear to determine the height of their child while mothers tend to influence how much body fat they will have, a study suggests.
Hence understanding their holistic genetic predisposition and closely monitoring their genetic traits along with a balanced diet, proper physical activities, stress-free lifestyle and adequate personal and psychological attention will enable their cognition, concentration, and energy levels and help them grow as a confident adult capable of producing extra-ordinary results in their life.
Children need proper nutrients to stay healthy and grow up healthy and strong. Balanced nutrition helps establish a foundation for healthy eating habits and adequate nutritional knowledge helps the child apply it throughout their life. Sadly, malnutrition is no more a rural phenomenon. The menace of junk food is a serious health hazard in urban India.
Our children need to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, legumes, cereals and preferably whole grain along with lean meat, fish, poultry and other alternatives. They need lots of protein to build, maintain and repair the body tissues and for their overall growth, carbohydrates and fats to provide energy for their growth and physical activity along withessential fatty acids, calcium and iron.
Research suggests that under-nutrition with diets high in trans and saturated fats causes
children to have less energy and less interest for learning, which negatively influences
cognitive development and academic performance. Under-nutrition will also affect physical
growth and maturation, thus affecting growth rate, body weight and ultimately, height.
Recommended For: Childrens below 12 years.