Picky eating – a risk factor for the lack of diet variety
Having a diverse diet means eating a wide variety of different foods from the different food groups, as well as within each food group. Each food group offers a wide range of choices and each one has a unique nutritional value.
According to a research by the National University Hospital, 1 in 2 parents here identified their children as picky eaters, and picky eating was first noticed as early as one year old. Many studies have shown that picky eaters have less variety in their diets than non-picky eaters.
Furthermore, a recent survey conducted locally revealed that the diets of most 3-year-old children are not balanced. For example, fruit and vegetable intakes were insufficient, with 55% and 81% consuming less than the recommended amounts respectively. Close to 2 in 5 children did not meet the recommendation for milk intake.
Supporting your child’s journey towards eating well
Healthy eating is crucial for children to help them develop to their fullest potential. As a parent, it is important to ensure that your child consumes a diverse and balanced diet to supply the various nutrients required to support optimal physical and cognitive development.
As you plan your child’s meal, remember to include foods from the different food groups as well as within each food group.
If your child if a picky eater, mealtimes can often feel like a battleground. Here are some tips you may find useful:
Don't let incomplete nutrition get in the way of your child's growth.
As you work on ensuring your child consumes a balanced and varied diet, Include PediaSure as part of his daily diet to help fill nutritional gaps.
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