Revista Adolescência e Saúde

Revista Oficial do Núcleo de Estudos da Saúde do Adolescente / UERJ

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ISSN: 2177-5281 (Online)

Vol. 13 nº 4 - Oct/Dec - 2016

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Páginas 6 a

Focus on Diet

Educación alimenticia

Educação alimentar

Autores: Felipe Jannuzzi

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A famous educator and one of the pioneers of modern teaching techniques, Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi said that education must be centered on the comprehensive development "of the mind, heart and the hands ", in other words, thoughts must be evenly balanced with feelings and physical aspects.

In a broader sense, this type of education extends beyond classrooms and academic compendia, clustering together the ethical values of families and educators, buttressed by the power of example, and strengthened through constant reflection and updating healthcare practitioners, in parallel to ongoing disclosure of scientific studies and research projects. In other words, an education that encompasses and paves the way for interfaces among all sectors of society becomes vital for constructing clarity and elucidating issues related to eating habits during adolescence.

Investing in health through eating properly means fostering vigorous growth for adolescents and above all preserving lives. In this edition, we explore many studies reflecting on eating habits, underscoring the relevance of nutrition education actions that help these teenagers thrive.

There is a widespread consensus: it is crucial to adopt a proactive stance towards guiding youngsters in their food choices, providing correct information as needed for them to understand, select, prepare and eat available foods, tailored to their nutritional needs, presenting this wholesome life habit not as a sacrifice or challenge, but rather as an endless range of delightful and delicious options.

Countless studies today underscore the importance of lifestyles for population health, with diet ranked as one of the most important components, playing a decisive role in physical and intellectual development.

As adolescents form an age group subject to sweeping physiological, psychological, emotional, intellectual and social changes, they are susceptible to many diseases and vulnerable aspects, including higher nutrition risks. Unfortunately, teen eating habits today are clearly inadequate and unhealthy, paving the way for assorted diseases and ailments in adult life.

The most effective remedies for many diseases and vulnerabilities inherent to this age bracket are explanations and education. There is an urgent need for commitments by parents, educators and healthcare practitioners working with adolescents to re-explore this issue. Pertinence, constancy and perseverance in disclosing new research projects on this issue are also vital parts of this process. Human beings are essentially the outcomes of their education.

Felipe Jannuzzi - Executive Editor
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