Healthy eating for young adults
Adequate nutrition is important during the young adult years for proper growth and development. Today's teenagers consume more than the recommended amounts of fat, added sugars and simple carbohydrates and inadequate amounts of whole grains, produce, zinc, iron and calcium. Focusing on including the necessary nutrients in a young adult's diet can help him have more energy and be healthier. During puberty, it's important for children to consume enough calories for proper development. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, boys need about 2, calories per day while girls needs 2, calories per day.
Strategies to encourage healthy eating among children and young adults
A Nutrition Website to Connect Young Adults to Healthy Eating Habits · Giving Compass
Life as a young person can be fast, furious and fun. To grow and be healthy, you need to be active and eat the right foods. This brochure shows how to choose healthy foods, drinks and snacks. It also says how you can be active in everyday life, and how much sleep you need. Vegetarians need food with lots of iron such as wholegrain cereals, legumes, dried fruits and dark green leafy vegetables. To help your body absorb the iron in these foods, eat fresh, vitamin C-rich vegetables and fruit with them.
Nutrition Guidelines for Young Adults
Back to Eat well. As a teenager, your body is going through many physical changes — changes that need to be supported by a healthy, balanced diet. By eating a varied and balanced diet as shown in the Eatwell Guide , you should be able to get all the energy and nutrients you need from the food and drink you consume, allowing your body to grow and develop properly.
There is a need for children and young people to improve their diets to meet recommended targets for fat, sugar, fibre, vitamins and minerals. Yet, efforts to promote healthy eating in research studies or in national campaigns have been unsuccessful or resulted in small changes to behaviour. The available evidence, albeit limited, suggests that the most effective healthy eating strategies involve techniques such as providing personalised information and incentives, supporting behavioural change, encouraging self-efficacy, where patients take control over their health, and using social media and technology to deliver messages. Nurses have an important role in supporting dietary improvement in children and young people, particularly to increase intakes of nutrients known to support growth and development, such as iron, calcium, vitamin D and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids. Advice should include both food consumption and appropriate use of dietary supplements as the latter can help bridge the gap between recommendations and current low intakes of certain nutrients.