Eating healthy can sometimes be tough. After all, teens are busier and busier with school, part-time jobs and other activities. What a teen eats is not always high on the priority list. For many teens, nutrition consists of whatever can be eaten in the car, shuttling between activities.
A Teenager’s Nutritional Needs
Teens Need Better Nutrition | Ask Dr Sears
There's a lot more to eating for sports than chowing down on carbs or chugging sports drinks. The good news is that eating to reach your peak performance level likely doesn't require a special diet or supplements. It's all about working the right foods into your fitness plan in the right amounts. Teen athletes have unique nutrition needs.
Nutrition in Adolescent Girls
Adolescence is the transition period between childhood and adulthood, a window of opportunity for the improvement of nutritional status and correcting poor nutritional practices. This is about the same period puberty sets in, typically between the ages of 10 and 13 years in girls. Adolescence is characterised by the growth spurt , a period in which growth is very fast.
During teenage growth spurts, adolescents need extra calories, and they should be nutritious ones. Second to infancy, adolescence is the most critical time for nutritious eating. Most teens are overfed, but undernourished.