Unfortunately, the myth that children have less nutritional requirements due to their smaller size still persists. This is true in terms of the amount of food - but the child's need for micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals and trace elements will probably surprise many of you.
For example, the growth and development processes of children and adolescents consume large amounts of micronutrients. Would you like some examples?
So no, with regard to micronutrients, "little people" have no small need. If you are unsure of how much your child needs at least every day, I recommend the DACH guidelines.
For children, a diet adapted to the nutritional needs is extremely important, because only this enables good mental development and complete physical growth. Developmental damage caused by inadequate nutrient intake at a young age usually remains for a lifetime. By the way, child nutrition starts in the womb - and mums have an increased need for nutrients. More from us soon.
In addition, being overweight in children due to poor nutrition almost always means that these children become overweight adults. The body produces more fat cells that are retained as an adult. “That grows out” is unfortunately not true.