Side effects of overnutrition: Are you giving your children overnutrition?


Are you giving your children overnutrition? 

It is very important to provide nutrition to the children because if they do not get the necessary elements in a growing age, then their development can be hindered. But these days, most parents often make the mistake that they start giving extra nutrition i.e. over-nutrition to the children to provide nutrition.

It is simple, if the child is eating properly, and is healthy, then there is no need to give anything extra to him.

On the other hand, the physical activities of the child also matter. You are giving extra nutrition to the child, but if the child is not physically active then what will happen to that extra nutrition?

Most parents do not know this thing that overnutrition can be dangerous for the health of children. Because of this, they can fall prey to many diseases. Even if too much of anything is not right, then why don’t we understand this in terms of nutrition? The reason for this is that parents are not aware of this and they are not only aware that like everything else, children should also be given balanced nutrition.

Nutritionist and fitness expert Anand Gupta is giving us more information in this context.

What is overnutrition?

This is a type of malnutrition i.e. unbalanced nutrition which occurs due to taking excessive nutrition. And due to this a lot of body fat gets accumulated, that is, it gives rise to obesity, due to which many serious health problems arise. When you start eating more nutrients and nutritious food, then after a limit it starts hindering your health.

It is measured by BMI i.e. body mass index of children. According to age and height, their weight is more correct or not. Along with this, the information about physical activity is also important.


Side effects of overnutrition…

The biggest and most dangerous side effect is weight gain and obesity. Due to this, the risk of cardiovascular disease, high BP, cancer, and type 2 diabetes increases. Apart from this, children also become hyperactive.

Talking about obesity, after China, India is second in the world with 14.4 million obese children, which is a matter of concern. It is estimated that by the year 2025, the number of obese children in India will reach 17 million. Urbanization is the single biggest reason for this increasing obesity, in which diet ie food and lifestyle, parent’s work, education and family environment, mental factors, and other epigenetic factors are prominent.

Due to the increased risk of obesity, high blood pressure, excessive accumulation of cholesterol and fats in the blood, type 2 diabetes, sleep problems, difficulty in breathing, etc.

Apart from this, many mothers these days complain that their child enjoys it so much that it makes them tired, the reason for this is that they are hyperactive due to the over-nutrition of children. Children are taking extras from vitamins to minerals and everything, but where and how will they release that energy? Similarly because these days children do not do physical activity, they are more visible in front of mobile or laptops than on the playground, so any extra nutrition, be it protein, vitamins will only increase extra calories in them and they will have health problems and more. Fats will increase.


How do control nutrition?

  • Give less junk food. It would be better to make their favorite things at home.
  • Do not give readymade items and packaged food from the market.
  • Give healthy recipes in tiffin, such as if you use brown bread instead of white bread in a sandwich, then the food will be more healthy.
  • Parents often give a lot of cheese, ghee, and dry fruits like walnuts, almonds, and cashews to their children, because they think that all these things give healthy nutrition to the growing children, but nowadays physical activity in children has reduced. And the problem of obesity and hyperactivity is increasing. Therefore both overnutrition and overeating will harm, instead of making them healthy.
  • Make their lifestyle more active. Make them a habit of light exercise from the beginning.
  • Instead of using mobile games and laptops, tell them the importance of playing in open fields and taking them for a walk in the garden.
  • Do not let the habit of eating food while watching TV or phone.
  • Do not give too many sugary fruits because often we think that fruits are healthy, milkshakes, fruit shakes will also nourish children, but keep in mind that they contain a lot of sugar, which increases fat. In such a situation, it would be better not to give all this after eating food. Rather give it to them on an empty stomach separately, eg – in breakfast or around 4 in the evening, but in limited quantities and that too before sunset and on an empty stomach, because after sunset, fruits also increase the sugar.


  • Ask children to grow vegetables with their own hands, research shows that they eat vegetables grown with their own hands with more passion.
  • It is not that children should be given so little nutrition that they remain malnourished, just give them healthy food, which has the same taste but less fat in it.
  • Children will get used to eating healthy only when you also eat the same with them.
  • Go for a walk with the child. Encourage him to play outdoor games.
  • Swimming, dance class, etc. is also a good option because it will burn extra calories obtained from overnutrition and there will be no problem of obesity in the child.
  • Sometimes obesity also occurs due to genetic reasons, in such a situation, decide on a weight management program after taking expert advice.
  • All you have to do is replace unhealthy things with healthy ones, such as steamed and baked food instead of fried, skimmed milk instead of cold drinks, low sugar fruit juice, etc. Papaya is very healthy in fruits, it also improves digestion, similarly, lemonade, coconut water, etc. are also very healthy, and provide a lot of nutrition without increasing the fat.
  • Geeta Sharma