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Eating Disorders

What are eating disorders? Eating disorders are eating behaviours that endangers an individual’s physical and psychosocial health. They include : Anorexia Nervosa : Characteristics : Refusal to maintain at normal body weight for age and height, leading body weight less than 85% of expected weight. Having excessive fear of gaining …

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Healthy Snacks

What is a healthy snack? Snacking can add vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to the diet. It fulfills both nutritional and social needs. Snacking time should always be fun and informal and a variety of foods should be incorporated. Purpose of snacking Snacking can add vitamins, minerals and other nutrients …

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Fast Food

What are fast foods? Fast foods are usually purchased at an outlet featuring quick service and convenience. Can we consume fast foods? You can eat fast foods as part of a healthy diet. Choose wisely and limit your intake to twice a month because fast foods are usually high in …

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Nutritional Deficiencies in Adolescents

Why is nutrition special to you? You are not only maturing physically but also psychosocially and cognitively. You are always exposed to inadequate intake due to: Irregular meals and snackings. Skipping meals. Eating away from home. Following alternative dietary patterns. Therefore, you are likely to obtain less essential micronutrients such …

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Nutritional Requirement for Teens

Why is nutrition important to you? Healthy nutrition is important to: Support rapid growth. Be active. Sustain good health. Provide energy and nutrients to carry out normal daily activities. Develop sexual maturation (before menarche in girls and when secondary characteristics appear in boys). Provide extra energy more for boys (when …

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Overweight & Obesity

Is overweight and obesity a problem among adolescents? Yes, it is: Rate of overweight and obese children is rapidly increasing. Studies show about 15% of children 12-19 years old are overweight and 15% are obese. It is higher among children from poorer families. Excessive weight is associated with higher risk …

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Nutrition for the Underweight

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What is underweight? If your BMI-for-age is 5th centile, you are underweight. You may be otherwise well but have a high metabolic rate. You may be underweight due to an eating disorder (anorexia/bulimia) or underlying medical disease (e.g. thyroid problem). How can you Increase your weight? Consult your doctor to …

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Feeding Sick Children

Introduction When a child gets sick, it will affect how he or she eats. Different foods may need to be offered until the child gets better, and more foods need to be offered during recovery. Generally, it is recommended that a child continue to be fed with foods of their …

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Healthy Packed Food For School Children

Children spend a long period of time at school. Usually, one third of their daily nutrient requirements will be consumed at school. This means that meals taken in school are very important to ensure that the children’s daily requirements are met. It also affects their energy level and attention span …

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Malnutrition Among Elderly

Introduction The elderly population is most susceptible to many health risks from a nutrient-poor diet. Physiological, psychological and economical changes during this stage can contribute to poor nutrition among them. It may lead to conditions such as malnutrition, undernutrition and overnutrition. Malnutrition is defined as a condition caused by an …

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