Do you eat to live to eat? We have a completed relationship with food , influenced by cost , availability and even peer pressure. But something we all share is appetite – our desire to eat.
While hunger – our body’s way of making us desire food when it needs feeding – is a part of appetite , it is not the only factor. After all, we often eat when we’re not hungry , or may skip a meal despite pangs of hunger . Recent research has highlighted that the abundance of food cues – smells,sounds,advertising – in our environment is one of the main causes of over consumption .
The first decade, 0-10 years
In early childhood, the body goes through rapid growth and dietary behavior built up in early life can extend into adulthood , leading a fat adult.
Fustiness or fear of particular foods can also contribute to meal time struggles for parents of young children, but a strategy of repeated tasting and learning in a positive environment can help children learn about unfamiliar but important foods , such as vegetables .
Children should also experience some control ,particularly in relation to portion size. Being forced to “clear the plate”by parents can lead youngsters to lose their ability to follow their own appetite and hunger cues,promoting overeating in later years.There are growing calls for governments to protect young children from targeted junk food advertising-not just on television but in apps,social media and video blogs-since food advertising increases food consumption, which can contribute to children becoming overweight.
The second decade, 10-20 Years
In the teenage years. a growth in appetite and stature driven by hormones, signals the arrival of puberty. How a teenager approaches food during this critical period will shape their lifestyle choice in later years.
This means the dietary decisions that adolescents make are intrinsically linked to the health of the future generations that they will later become parents to. Unfortunate without guidance, teenagers many adopt eating behaviors and food preference associated with unhealthy consequences.
Young women in general are more likely to suffer from nutritional deficiencies than young men because of their reproductive biology. Teenage girls who become pregnant are also at greater risk since their bodies are supporting their own growth in competition with that of the growing foetus.