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Child, adolescent medicine

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As fascinating as they are to work with and even just be around, teens remain, in my mind, an enigma.
It is simply it’s own reward to witness bright, young kids dive into the hormonal soup of puberty and find some way to flounder or swim across, forging unique identities and one day emerging as independent, young adults.
One of the areas in the life of a teen that draws my attention the most is nutrition.
Sleep, priority setting, reward-versus-risk behavior and self image are among others, but these can be addressed in future discussions.
This is a time in human development when the increased rate of growth is second only to the very first year of life. Yet, from the standpoint of nutrition it is treated like that mangy, stray cat with cloudy eyes - neglected to the point of maltreatment.
Most middle and high school kids I know do not eat breakfast. Many skimp on lunch and then binge on whatever is in sight when they get home.
 What there is to binge on at home is often the high-in-saturated fat, high sodium, processed snack food that is easy to tear open or nuke.
This is clearly not a healthy way to go about fueling a growing and changing body; I know it, parents know it and on some level I think the teens know it, too.


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