Nutrition for Teens

Does it really matter what I eat?

Yes! The old saying ‘you are what you eat’ has a lot of truth to it. Eating a balance of good foods, coupled with regular physical activity,
will help you:
  • Feel great
  • Function at your full potential
  • Maintain a healthy weight
Eating well doesn’t have to mean eating flavourless foods. It’s about getting the balance right. Eating regularly and eating a mix of foods from all the food groups will help you get the fuel and nutrients your body needs.
It’s also a good idea to watch the amount of foods you are eating which are high in fat and sugar such as take aways, cakes, biscuits, chips and soft drinks. Often they are full of kilojoules (or calories) but low in useful nutrients. It’s still okay to eat these foods occasionally – just try to keep the balance in favour of foods from the five food groups.
See the attachment below for more information on how to eat for a healthy body weight.
Nutrition Australia would like to acknowledge Dairy Australia as the original author of this resource.

Published: April 2009

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