Subject: Importance of Healthy Food
Contributed by By: Divya Thomas, Delhi
Usage: Simple paragraph/School Essay/3 Minute speech for Children
Target Age Group- Children aged 10,11,12,13,14,15 years
Students of Class/Grade- 5,6,7,8,9,10
Have we ever thought why our parents and teachers always insist on having a healthy food? Healthy food is one of the most important part in leading a healthy life. Combined with physical activity, a balanced food can help us to reach and maintain a healthy weight. Healthy food habits can reduce the risk of chronic diseases. It can also improve our concentration and promotes our overall health.
However, it is worrying that obesity among children is growing, worldwide. For six to eleven year old children, the rate of obesity increased from four percent in the seventies to a staggering eighteen percent in 2010. One of the key factors which contributed to this shocking trend is bad food habits and the increasing fascination towards Junk Food. Children who are overweight or obese are more likely to be obese as adults. Being overweight or obese can put children at a higher risk for health problems such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, etc. during childhood and as they age.
The famous proveb’ Health is wealth’ reminds us about the importance of good health. Healthy eating habits is one of the vital part in achieving good health. We should always try to take a balanced diet that contains the correct proportions of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water. We should include more vegetables and fruits in our daily life as vegetables can provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body. However busy we are on a day, we should never skip breakfasts and should ideally have a light dinner. We are always fascinated by the world of Burgers, Chips, fried chicken and soft drinks. A regular consumption of these food can have terrible health implications and can make you obese with other health complications. These food are now correctly described as ‘Junk’. We should strictly avoid these food or should take steps for a drastic reduction of this group from our lifestyle In. recent years, a growing trend toward vegetarianism has arisen among young people due to their increasing awareness of health, the environment and compassion for animals.
As children, let’s take a pledge that we will avoid junk Foods and accept a healthy life style. Moreover, we should also work towards spreading the awareness among our friends about the importance of health food.
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Why Should I Make Healthy Food Choices?
To truly understand the importance of establishing healthy eating habits, you need to ask yourself a very simple question: “Why do humans need to eat?” (Note the use of the word “need,” not “want.”) Simply put, humans need to eat to supply their bodies with nutrients (carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals) that then supply the body with fuel for energy, aid in tissue growth and repair, act in various biochemical reactions, and much, much more. The basic need for food is pretty simple and could be compared to putting gas in your car. If you put the right fuel into your car, it will spring to life with a single turn of the key and run smoothly for many years, but if you put soda pop and sugar in your gas tank, it’s going to ruin your car. In this sense, your car and your body are very much alike. They both run well on the right kind of fuel, but will deteriorate over time if you neglect their basic fueling needs.
Why Should I Strive for a Healthy Lifestyle?
It’s a lot of work to eat healthy; it takes discipline and isn’t always fun, so why bother? At some point in your life, you will be faced with the realization that the health of your body is the determining factor for what kind of lifestyle you can lead. Just like a smoker faces a possible future of emphysema and lung cancer, if you neglect healthy eating habits you not only face a possible future of being overweight or obese, you also run the risk of depression, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, bowel complications and much more. The choices you make each day – from what to eat for breakfast to whether or not to have that extra slice of pie – affect how you feel and how you perform, which as you may be able to guess, affects everything you do. Choose wisely, and you will soon find that feeding your body well translates into a longer, healthier, more enjoyable life.