"Kids & Teens: What you and your mother should know better about foods" by Dr.Radhika Ganesan

A Must read and transform for parents and children aged 6-17 years From Researcher’s desk: Healthy Recipes, Tips and Much More….for today’s fast paced Children

The title of the Text Book:

Does This Routine Sound Familiar? Kids & Teens – What You and Your Mother Should know about Food


Dr. Radhika Ganesan



Introduction to the Book

Today’s children face a lot of pressure and temptations in academic, co-curricular activities and even in their choices while roaming about with friends. With junk foods and other sugar-laden, fat-rich choices literally sweeping over our markets (and taste buds), a staple diet of these unhealthy choices have predisposed our children to modern day diseases associated with over-nutrition like obesity, diabetes, and more severe heart complications. On the flip side, with media and society dictating the ‘ideal’ body image, many teens drive themselves to undernourishment with eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. This book is the result of over 12 years of research experience in the field of food, nutrition and dietetics with a specific focus on pediatric nutrition. Today's children are not spared from the fast paced, stressful lifestyle faced by their parents. There is increasing 'pressure to perform' in their schools, a constant running around for cricket coaching, music classes, dance lessons, and tuitions. Their eating choices have upgraded to swanky mall-based outlets and fine dining western restaurants. And sure enough, this lifestyle has started taking a toll on them.

Research studies over the last 40 years have indicated that the proportion of children who are overweight or obese has significantly grown over the last two decades. While being deemed as 'lazy', or 'sluggish', many of us overlook tendencies of children being prone to eating disorders, depression, and low self-esteem associated with their body image, in addition to the major health hazards like increased diabetes and cancer, gastrointestinal disorders risks at such a young age. Additionally, India's face of 'over-nutrition' is an irony to the many cases of undernourished children who are unable to achieve adequate height-for-age and weight-for-age. This book creates the right nutritional awareness among children and their parents. The book has been rooted in research-based evidence from studying the impact of children’s eating choices globally. It brings to your fingertips, more than recipes. In addition to tips that ensure a well-balanced, nutritious, easy-to-make breakfast and snack recipes, the book also includes smart lunch box ideas. Other highlights of the book include sections discussing the need to provide nutrients need for your child at his age, the real science behind sweetened beverages and other children-focused processed products. This book focuses almost entirely on the prevention of life altering diseases, through small and sustainable changes in the lifestyle. The real success of this book lies not just in the number of copies sold, but when you feel empowered with the genuine attempt to translate all that you’ve learned into everyday practice. Life is always on “CALL” that is Continuous Awareness on Learning Lifestyles for better health today and tomorrow for all.

Highlights of the book

Knowing About You
  • Globally an estimated 22 million children below 5 years of age is overweight
Know about your processed foods
  • Half of the cola and sweetened beverages in the target market children aged less than 12 years and between 12-18 years’ children.
  • consists of Healthy recipe for Breakfast, recess, Lunch, Evening Snacks,
    • Nutrition Chart
      • Know your recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for energy protein, fat, calcium and much more….
      • Balance nutrition through the 5 basic food groups
Growth Charts
  • Achieving your growth milestone
  • Recipe Quality – What is Complete? Quality Breakfast
  • Snacking at McDonald, Subway & Pizza hut
  • Alarming facts Know Sugars and salts in your favorite cola and sweetened beverages
  • Hidden Truth About favorite foods along with photos
  • Ever wondered why with some of those snacks you just cannot stop yourself? Is it the sweetness or that interesting tangy taste?
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