Puberty-related growth spurts can be expected somewhere between ages 10-14 for girls and 10-16 for boys. Growth spurts are a period of rapid gain in height, often accompanied by increased hunger and fatigue, as the body uses more energy to build tissue. It’s common for parents to be surprised at their child’s sudden spike in appetite and wonder “should I let him keep eating?” as the child asks for a bowl of cereal 1 hour after eating 2 large helpings of dinner.
Minerals are used by the body to maintain health and keep muscles working and bones strong. Low intake of minerals can lead to health problems. Let’s look at three minerals that the body needs in larger amounts and that teens tend to lack. Is your teen getting enough of these important minerals?
The most common request I get as a dietitian nutritionist is “Can you tell me what to eat?” Of course, a major part of my job is to help teach people about types of foods that are best for health and growth and help them with meal planning. But a discussion about food and nutrition isn’t complete without also addressing the “how” of eating (when, where, and why we eat). And how you eat is as important as what you eat.