Child nutrition: Three common misconceptions

While nutrition is important to normal growth processes, a child risks becoming overweight or obese if he consumes more calories than he needs.
While nutrition is important to normal growth processes, a child risks becoming overweight or obese if he consumes more calories than he needs.PHOTO: ST FILE

Many grandparents and parents here believe that a chubby baby is a healthy one. As the child grows, they continue to pile food on the plate. They want to make sure the child - particularly if he is short or small-boned - finishes the food so that he can grow big and strong.

These caregivers may also think that shorter children are not growing well, and thus need to eat more or be fed special food to encourage height growth.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 02, 2018, with the headline 'Three common misconceptions'. Print Edition | Subscribe