Role of Good Nutrition

The fast-paced growth seen in infancy and toddlerhood slows down in early childhood and settles into a slower growth pattern. During the transition to early childhood many children become picky eaters and parents worry about their children getting proper nutrition.

Review Chapter 8 in the textbook about physical development, paying particular attention to the factors that influence physical growth and health. Search the Capella library journal article databases using the suggested search terms “childhood picky eating.” Make sure you limit your search to scholarly, peer-reviewed publications. Choose one article about childhood picky eating to read.

In this week’s discussion post, address the following:

  • Discuss the importance of good nutrition in childhood. Include how nutrition affects physical, cognitive, and emotional development.
  • Using the textbook and journal article as sources, explain why children become picky eaters.
  • Give examples of two strategies parents can use to promote healthy eating behaviors in early childhood.
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