7 healthy foods to help your child gain weight

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Parents of underweight children may simply feed them high calorie foods. However, it's more important to ensure that kids are eating healthy

Much has been said about childhood obesity, but underweight children are also a concern. 16% of children in South-East Asia are underweight, and in South Asia, a whopping 28 percent of children are underweight.

Parents of underweight children may be inclined to feed them high calorie foods to boost their weight. However, eating healthily and making sure that kids are getting enough nutrition—not just calories—is more important.

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1. Protein-rich foods like fish, beans, and eggs

Proteins help with your child’s growth and muscle development. Fish is a great option because they’re also rich in Omega-3, which has been proven to help with different aspects of a child’s development. Beans, on the other hand, are packed with vitamins and minerals, as are eggs.

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2. Nutritious carbs

Refined carbohydrates like white rice cause spikes in sugar levels, so instead of piling on more white rice onto your child’s plate, go for more nutritious options. Whole grains are high in fiber and have tons of health benefits, but it is difficult for young children to digest, and could make the child feel full too quickly. Go for potatoes, pumpkin, and other root vegetables.

To find out what other foods are good for underweight children, click to the next page.

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3. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is rich in fiber AND vitamins and minerals. Mix with whole milk and fruit for a delicious meal or snack. For younger kids, you can use ground oats for a smoother version.

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4. Cheese and whole milk

Cheese is high in calcium—great for bone growth—and most kids love it! As cheese by itself is savory, you don’t have to pair it with another flavorful snack. Try low-salt biscuits instead.

Whole milk is good for underweight children because it is rich in calcium and fat.

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5. Energy-dense fruits like bananas and avocados

These fruits are packed with calories, and are great treats! You can turn them into smoothies or serve them as part of a dessert.

To find out what other foods are good for underweight children, click to the next page.

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6. Nuts and seeds

Kids who love crunchy snacks would enjoy nuts and seeds, which are high in mono- and polyunsaturated fats that help with cholesterol. For young children that could choke on nuts or seeds, go for nut butters or smoothies instead.

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7. Yoghurt

Because yoghurt is easy to eat and is good for gastrointestinal health, yoghurt is perfect for young children. However, stay away from sugary options that are high in artificial flavors, and opt for plain yoghurt instead.

READ: Are you eating the right snacks for your body type?

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