5 Health Risks Of Selective Eating And How To Avoid It
For 4-7 year old kids
5 minutes read
Saying no to veggies and yes to pizzas is a common scenario most moms have to deal with at home. What happens when you give in to the demands of a selective eater? We’ve got some food for thought!
Here are 5 major health risks associated with fussy eaters:
Your child may have a stunted growth as compared to other children of similar age group. The lack of calcium and vitamins will be evident in your child’s low energy levels. As a result, cough and cold might be regularly knocking them down, due to low immunity.
Your child may be constipated, the cause of which is low fluid intake or a lack of fibre-rich foods such as oats, lentils, pears and apples. Missing on whole cereals and pulses as well as a low fluid intake makes the stool harder.
Anemia is a common condition among children. The low level of iron in the blood causes paleness and weakness in children. Green leafy vegetables like spinach, and other foods like channa, dates, beetroot and sweet potato are a good source of iron. This issue should be more carefully dealt with in case of a girl child so that they don’t get adversely impacted in their teens.
If your child doesn’t eat a balanced diet with all food groups and a green platter, then they will be deprived of appropriate body weight as they are not getting enough nutrients.
Emotional and social disturbances
Your child may fuss over small things. Sometimes, picky eating may lead to emotional imbalance.
Here’s what I do to prevent the risks to my child’s health:
- I motivate my son to eat healthy. I usually replace fried food or cookies with a home-cooked roti or a pizza topped with veggies. I also give him chips with murmura bhel as murmura contains fibre and has lesser calories.
- I offer him a variety of dishes instead of a single dish. Beetroot and carrot sticks served with homemade dried fruit dip is a good replacement for a regular salad.
- I introduce new dishes on the plate along with a small serving of his favourite food.
- I’ve recently started using vegetable purees for preparing curries.
- Give your child whole-wheat flakes or bread to ensure regular bowel movements.
- A healthy amount of exposure to sunlight for vitamin D goes a long way.
- To beat the odds of low iron, use beetroot in paranthas and a mix of carrot and pomegranate juice. Spinach puri is an all-time specialty in my family.
- A routine for meals is helpful in making your child accept the food they’re served.
- One of the earliest good habits is to introduce iron-rich first solids to your toddler. Offer them mashed bananas and ragi porridge to fight deficiency as early as when they are 6 months old.