Adolescence is the time in a child’s life when their body changes physically into an adult. By this time, children will reach their full height potential. It is also the time they will experience emotional, social and intellectual stages that will mold them into the adult they will become.

As for nutrition, this is the time your child tends to grow out of your watchful eye and wants to start making nutrition choices on their own.

As a nutrition consultant for several private schools in Kuala Lumpur, I observed that primary school parents and administration have strict guidelines such as no excessive sugar, salt and processed foods with coloring.

But for high school teens, the parents were the total opposite. They were not the least bit involved. The teens demanded all kinds of unhealthy foods high in sugar and deep-fried foods.

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