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Acta Scientific Nutritional Health (ASNH)(ISSN: 2582-1423)

Perspective Volume 4 Issue 8

Perspective on Childhood Eating Habits among Rural and Urban Children in Saudi Arabia

Nawal A Alissa*

Vice Dean of the College of Sport Sciences and Physical Activity, Assistant Professor of Health Education and Promotion, Community Health Sciences Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

*Corresponding Author: Nawal A Alissa, Vice Dean of the College of Sport Sciences and Physical Activity, Assistant Professor of Health Education and Promotion, Community Health Sciences Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia.

Received: June 15, 2020; Published: July 30, 2020

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 This discussion will be addressing the perspective about Childhood Eating Habits among Rural and Urban Children in Saudi Arabia, it has been discovered that healthy eating habits in children is becoming more difficult to achieve for mothers due to the more changing times and busy working schedule for modern mothers. It has been noticed that mothers are facing difficulty in providing their children with adequate nutrition as they have minimal control over what and how much their children are eating. Most urban children in Saudi Arabia are proving to be mischievous, an observation has been made on feeding habits and it has been noticed that children are skilled at convincing their nanny to serve them on food they like when their mothers are not available. This has made urban children to feed on foods that its nutritional value is not balanced. This has led to the deterioration of children’s nutrition in Saudi Arabia. Urban children in Saudi Arabia will always opt for food like chips, chocolate and biscuits rather than eating healthy foods that are freshly prepared. This has been influenced by the long time the mothers spent away from home, peer influence from older children and mostly the tasty tempting fast foods advertised the children watch, which sends a message to them that they are the best foods to eat. Generally, it has been observed that urban children in Saudi Arabia have unhealthy eating habits leading to weight gain and dental problems. The most important factor in childhood nutrition is the quality of food consumed, and not the quantity. Most nannies measure the amount of food a baby has had by quantity without keeping in mind the quality of food that was taken. Mothers should closely watch their children’s nutrition to make sure they are getting enough of those important vitamins and minerals.

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Citation: Nawal A Alissa. “Perspective on Childhood Eating Habits among Rural and Urban Children in Saudi Arabia". Acta Scientific Pharmaceutical Sciences 4.8 (2020): 77-78.



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