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Healthy Living for Adolescents

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What should I know about my child's development during adolescence?

Your child will have a growth spurt during adolescence. This growth spurt and other changes during adolescence may cause him or her to change eating habits. His or her appetite will increase so he or she will eat more than usual. As your child becomes more independent, he or she will make more of his or her own food choices. Your child should follow a healthy meal plan that provides enough calories and nutrients for growth and good health. He or she should also get regular physical activity.

What are some guidelines for helping my child make healthy food choices?

Portion Sizes for Adolescents

What are some healthy foods I can provide to my child?

Healthy Foods

What are some foods that my child should limit?

How can I help my child get enough physical activity?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare provider to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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