UNICEF: These bad childhood habits can have long-term side effects, parents should pay special attention

Childhood nutrition is considered the foundation for a healthy life. Health experts say, there is a need to pay serious attention to diet and healthy nutrition right from childhood to reduce the risk of serious health problems in future. The kind of diet and routine we follow has a direct impact on our health. In the case of children, it becomes even more necessary to pay attention to it. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has been highlighting the need for healthy nutrition for children globally.

Health experts say that paying attention to children’s nutrition does not mean just keeping the diet right, it is also necessary to pay attention to their daily routine. At present, the way lifestyle disturbances are increasing the risk of serious diseases, keeping in mind its side effects, we need to be alert from now on. Parents should pay special attention, children should get better lifestyle habits with healthy diet, it is very important for their healthy future.

What do experts say?

In conversation with Amar Ujala Pediatrician Dr. Amrita Sahai Says, the urban environment and increasing technological facilities have negatively affected our daily routine. Its effect is clearly visible in adults as well as in children. Lack of physical inactivity, habit of sticking to gadgets most of the time, sleeping late at night. The cases of eating disorder are being seen mostly in children. Its effect is already visible on his health. This could lead to serious challenges for the future.

Growing habit of junk foods in children

Dr. Amrita says that it is necessary for everyone to take care of the nutrition of the diet, especially for children, because this is the time for their physical-mental development. The problem of obesity in children is increasing due to junk foods, which is known to be the main cause of many diseases. Apart from this, the amount of salt in junk foods is also high, due to which there can be a problem of blood pressure. Such diets are harmful for everyone, from children to the elderly.

Side-Effects of Increased Screentime

Children’s exposure to screens like mobile-computer and TV is harmful for both their physical and mental health. The risk of developing serious eye problems due to blue light emitted from screens is one of the main reasons for children to wear glasses.

Apart from this, increasing screen time has also been seen to reduce children’s social skills and learning ability. It also causes sleep problems.

habit of sleeping late at night

Paying attention to the sleep cycle is essential for people of all ages. Sleeping late at night or not getting enough sleep can not only cause many hormonal problems, but it has also been shown to affect mental health. Children under the age of 10 need 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night, a lack of which has been shown to cause fatigue, mood problems and, in the long term, affect heart health.