Nutrition contributes to children’s physical and cognitive development. Children who eat more healthily are better able to cope with stress and regulate their emotions, both of which have far reaching effects on behaviour and response. Children who are not getting the correct nutrition often have trouble concentrating and are easily fatigued and irritable. These factors can in turn lead to learning difficulties and behavioural and social problems. If left unaddressed, behavioural problems in children can leave traces well into adulthood. Thankfully, the same can be said the other way round – if children are given optimum nutrition through a balanced diet, they are more likely to develop soundly both physically and cognitively.
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