Nutrition needs for children and teenagers
Growth and development relies on good nutrition
Growing from a child into an adult involves much more than we can see with our own eyes. Kids are constantly growing taller and stronger, which we can see, but also developing their senses, cognitive capabilities, or their blood volume is expanding to fuel a growing body. All of these processes require nutrients to serve as building blocks or signals for growth. Calcium becomes part of growing bones, while zinc and iodine support development of the brain and nervous system, for example.
Generation Z has unique nutrition needs
Since children and adolescents are growing and developing so rapidly, they have demanding nutrient needs that are different from those of adults. Teenagers require up to 67% more daily iodine than children, and both children and teenagers have higher protein requirements relative to their body weight than many adults.
This white paper describes the unique nutrition needs of children and teenagers, and explores how to address these unique needs.
About the author
Barbara Lyle, PhD
Dr. Lyle has over 25 years of
experience in the consumer food industry
working on and leading cross-functional teams
at the fuzzy front end of consumer concept development, new products, science trends,
and global platform development. She has
client partner experience with the top innovation
companies globally and previously served
as treasurer for the American Society for
Nutrition. Barbara is currently adjunct faculty at
Northwestern University, School of Professional
Studies. She has co-authored numerous scientific
publications, patents, and submissions to FDA and
USDA addressing labeling regulations.