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Healthy eating for children by Mandy Francis, Infinite Ideas

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23. Big kids

How to encourage hungry teens to eat regular, nutritious meals.

The first thing to bear in mind is that the nutrient and energy needs of teenagers are higher than those of any other age group.

Growth and development are especially rapid now, so the need for energy and some nutrients is particularly high. This demand differs significantly between boys and girls. Boys need quite a bit more protein and energy at this age than girls, due to their greater growth spurt.

The adolescent growth spurt usually begins around the age of ten years in girls and twelve years in boys. Both sexes will grow an average of 23cm (around 9 inches) and put on 20–26kg (44–57lbs) weight in total as they go through puberty. Before adolescence, both girls ...

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