Healthy eating for children

Nutrition is important through all stages of life, and nutritional requirements vary depending on our needs.

Babies, toddlers and children need energy and adequate amounts of certain nutrients for normal growth and development. A healthy, well-balanced diet with lots of variety is essential to ensure all these nutrient requirements are met.

Childhood obesity is a growing concern with somewhere between 40-69 per cent of children being largely inactive; spending less than one hour a day participating in physical activity.* Whilst energy needs for children are high due to rapid growth, it is important to encourage your child to be active not only to maintain a healthy weight but also to improve bone strength.

Remember, above all children should enjoy their food and eating and mealtimes should be pleasurable.

* British Nutrition Foundation