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Do we eat more now than before? The answer is yes, a resounding yes because both children and adults have dangerously increased the size of our servings and daily food intake, which is having an impact on the increase in the body mass index of the general population, which is leading to overweight and obesity in children and adults.
But how many calories should a child consume? How should your portions be? This is the question that all parents ask ourselves in relation to the age of the children.
Pediatricians complain that the phrase "my child does not eat me" is one of those they hear the most in their consultations and, in most cases, parents must be educated so that they understand that their child is eating what your body needs. It is precisely he, the child, who is listening to his body to give him the calories he needs in the right measure.
And it is that with food, society has lost the north. Precisely in theWorld Food Day, we want to draw attention to how the size of the servings has increased and explain how the size of the plate affects our body weight, while proposing practical suggestions to consume the right calories and warn about the nutritional quality of the foods that we eat.
According to the latest food studies, serving sizes and their caloric intake have increased dramatically in the last 20 years. But the most interesting thing is that the physical exercise necessary to compensate for that increase in calories instead of increasing, has been reduced. Which means that we consume many more calories than we expend. Our energy expenditure has dropped alarmingly over the years and, specifically, Spain has become one of the most sedentary countries in the European Union.
The size of the main course has increased overall by 69.2 percent. This fact has the consequence that excessive feeding in Western societies is due, in part, to the large size of the rations that is already accepted as the norm. In general, the servings and calories that restaurants and take-out establishments offer on a menu often exceed a person's energy needs for the entire day.
For this reason, the recommendation of the US Institute of Health suggests, among other interesting recommendations, 'use small plates to serve the portions'. These recommendations should be taken even more in the case of the child population. Children should consume the right calories for their age and growth stage, taking into account their level of physical activity. Encouraging sports practice and maintaining the ideal weight during childhood are the best recommendations to prevent obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disorders in adulthood.
Bread, pasta, cereals: A serving is one slice of bread, two crackers, half a cup of cooked cereal, pasta, or rice.
Fruits and vegetables: It is an apple, a pear, a tomato, half a cup of cherries or strawberries, half a cup of cooked vegetables, a cup of lettuce ...
Dairy products: a serving is a yogurt or a medium glass of milk or 30 g of cheese or 50 g of cottage cheese.
Meat, fish, eggs, legumes, nuts: is 100 g of fish or meat, one egg, half a bowl of cooked legumes, 30 g of walnuts.
Pastries, cream, pastries, butter: They should be taken very occasionally and in moderation.
Marisol New. Editor of our site
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