Parents are increasingly caring and protecting their children, and the “love sickness” of modern parenting poses more and more obstacles to their children’s growth.

Eat, eat, and suffer from malnutrition

Eating is the first major event in life. But many parents harm their children’s health in terms of food consumption.

According to a survey, in 1995, the physical development of children under the age of 18 in China decreased by 7% for males and 11% for females with normal nutritional status compared to 1985. Malnourished boys increased by 21%, girls increased by 10%, overweight and obese boys increased by three times compared to 10 years ago, and girls doubled compared to 10 years ago. This data surprised many people because obesity and overweight seem understandable, but the increase in malnutrition seems somewhat incomprehensible.

However, if we look at a common question that parents often ask pediatricians – what is the best food for their children – it’s not difficult to find the answer: because parents always try their best to give their children the “best” food.

However, from the perspective of basic medical knowledge, no food can fully contain all the nutrients that the human body needs. The lack of any nutrient can affect health, and at the same time, various nutrients interact with each other. If zinc has been “hot” for more than 20 years, a lack of zinc can lead to “anorexia” and slow growth, which indeed provides a “scientific basis” for sellers of “zinc”. But most anorexic babies, despite receiving a lot of zinc supplements, still do not have an appetite. Why?

Firstly, the reasons for anorexia are multifaceted, and zinc cannot solve all the problems of anorexia.

Secondly, zinc is found in protein rich foods, which bind to proteins and play a regulatory role in promoting metabolism and growth in babies.

Therefore, when protein intake is insufficient, eating too much zinc will not last long. Vitamins are also a familiar topic for people, such as nearly 10 types of vitamin B. The lack of one type of vitamin B can hinder other types of vitamin B from functioning effectively. Therefore, paying attention to what is “the best” to eat and blindly following dietary trends will make you “love your child and harm your child”!


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