Babies grow an average of 10 inches and triple their body weight in the first year – an astonishing rate of growth. But during puberty, kids match that feat, adding up to 14 inches and 40 pounds to go from children to adults (at least physically!)

Of course, all that growth needs the appropriate fuel. Here’s how to make sure the teens in your life are getting the nutrition they need to sprout into grown-ups with a healthy future ahead of them.

 April 3

Growing, growing, gone . . . That’s what it feels like in my house. Every time I turn around I find a boy hanging on the refrigerator door looking for more food or a boy who can’t fit his feet into the cleats I just bought him. The money I spend on food and new shoes won’t keep them home; when my boys’ growth spurts are over it will mean they will be gone, off to college, out of my refrigerator and technically no longer boys. So, while they are under my roof, how can I feed them to support their drastic development?

In the first year of life, a baby grows an average of 10 inches and triples her body weight. It isn’t until puberty that a child grows this much again. During these times, nutrition is essential. Bones, muscles, tendons, joints, skin, hair and organs are all built from the nutrients a baby or adolescent consumes.

According to the National Institutes of Health, osteoporosis has been called “‘a pediatric disease with geriatric consequences,’ because the bone mass attained in childhood and adolescence is an important determinant of lifelong skeletal health. The health habits your kids are forming now can make, or literally break, their bones as they age.”

Why It’s So Important To Feed Kids Well During Growth Spurts Why It’s So Important To Feed Kids Well During Growth Spurts

Why It’s So Important To Feed Kids Well During Growth Spurts
Why It’s So Important To Feed Kids Well During Growth Spurts
Why It’s So Important To Feed Kids Well During Growth Spurts
Why It’s So Important To Feed Kids Well During Growth Spurts
Why It’s So Important To Feed Kids Well During Growth Spurts

Why It’s So Important To Feed Kids Well During Growth Spurts

Why It’s So Important To Feed Kids Well During Growth Spurts

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