Transcript of Nutrition’s Impact on Social-Emotional Development
Nutrition, Social-Emotional Development, and Challenging Behavior
- What is social-emotional development?
- How does nutrition support the social-emotional development of children, and influence children’s behavior?
- What is proper nutrition and how can we promote healthy eating for children in order to support their overall development?
This presentation will answer…
What is Proper Nutrition?
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), kids who eat healthy are able to cope with stress and regulate their emotions better.
Socially and emotionally, children who consume unhealthy foods are more likely to:
- have trouble concentrating
- become easily fatigued, lethargic, and irritable
- encounter difficulties in learning which contribute to behavior and social problems.
The Science Behind It
Adequacy: An adequate diet is one that provides all the essential nutrients, energy, and fiber in sufficient amounts to support growth and maintain health. Many Americans consume more calories than they need, but still don’t get the recommended intake of nutrients.
Balance: A healthy diet requires a balance of food from the main food groups; grains, proteins, vegetables, fruits, and fat. Your diet is balanced when the food you eat provide you with a sufficient amount of nutrients.
Calorie Control: A healthy diet is one that manages weight by equaling the amount of energy (calories) consumed to the amount of energy expended through daily activities and exercise. Calorie control also includes nutrient density, which is nutrient content per calorie.
Adequacy, Balance, Calorie Control
When the body is starved of essential nutrients the hormone balance in the brain is affected and children may outwardly express these imbalances as anti-social, introverted, or hyperactive behaviors, and generally be seen to misbehave.
When a child’s sugar level drops they can go from being easy going, happy children, to moody and irritable.
The emotional and behavioral problems seen in children with poor diets can range from depression to attention disorders with or without hyperactivity. Furthermore, the prevalence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and related syndromes, occur more frequently in malnourished children.