Eating well is crucial for growing teenagers because their nutrient needs are higher during this time. Most teenagers do not meet the recommendations for whole grains and fruit and vegetable intake. Healthy eating can be difficult for teens because they are often spending time eating with friends, eating fast food and snacking on energy-dense foods and beverages. This eating pattern can lead to an excessive intake of calories, mostly from unhealthy fat and sugar, which increases the risk for obesity.

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