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Eating good food at all ages is so important to our lives. It provides the necessary nutrients that our bodies need to create new cells, clean toxins, and to just function every day! Eating right now can help prevent future diseases such as diabetes and cancer. You will have more energy and be more alert.
People under the age of 18 whose bodies are still growing may find that they are hungrier, or are hungry more often. This is perfectly normal, as long as you need the extra calories to grow.
Overeating and not exercising can lead to unhealthy weight and body conditions. Obesity is defined as having more than 20 percent more than the "ideal" body weight for someone your age and height. As a student, if you think that you may be overweight or obese, talk to your parents about ways to become healthier.
If you want to take steps toward eating healthy, it is important to make healthy choices in what you eat all the time -- meals and snacks.
Foods with refined grains, such as white flour or refined wheat, have high amounts of starch that the body just stores away and doesn't use. Try to eat more whole grains such as whole wheat (bread, etc.), brown rice and oats -- which provide energy over a longer period of time after you eat them.
Remember to eat a balanced, varied diet, and eat sweets and foods that are high in fat or calories only in moderation. Following a healthy diet is something you must do for your entire life.
*** You certainly DON'T have to give up cake, ice cream or pizza but remember not to eat these often, and try lower-fat or lower-sugar versions. Have milk, juice, or water instead of soda. Rather than cookies after school, have fruit, veggies, popcorn or pretzels.
Eating habits don't have to change all at once. By gradually replacing unhealthy items with foods that have a higher nutuional value, you are more likely to make these lifestyle changes that will last forever!