Young adults form a greater portion of the population. This is a time in their life when they need proper nutrition which helps in the development of their bodies in readiness for adulthood. Whatever food they take has a way of impacting their health in their adulthood. It is important to note that developing proper eating habits at this stage helps in the promotion of good eating habits even in one’s adulthood.
Benefits of healthy eating habits for young adults
To maintain proper weight
The eating habits developed at this stage of their lives plays a major role in determining the weight the young adult will gain. It is easier to gain weight in a world where there are too much sugar and no time for exercises. Healthy eating will make sure that one gets to eat the right food proportions to maintain a healthy weight. This coupled with exercising ensures that the excess calories are used up. Proper weight is essential in ensuring that one does not easily get some of the common lifestyle diseases like hypertension.
Developing future healthy eating habits
When the young adults develop healthy eating habits now, it is a way of ensuring that they will stick to it and even teach that to their children. When one finds themselves in a situation where they eat what they want not understanding the health implications, they will also carry the same habits to their adulthood and eat more of junk food and harm their health.
Meeting the body nutritional requirements
The body of a young adult has nutritional requirements which should be met from the food they intake. This calls for ensuring that one is aware of how much calories they are supposed to take, the portion of minerals and vitamins, a number of healthy fats and water intake as well. When a certain nutrient is not provided as needed, it will mean that the body will develop some other nutritional complications. This will ensure that they have enough energy to carry out proper metabolism and other activities to be done which will require energy.
Developing good self-esteem
Self-esteem is sometimes affected by how one looks and feels about themselves especially for the young adults. How one looks is sometimes due to the genes they inherited from their parents. However, a greater extent is always about what someone eats. You are what you eat is a common saying which implies that how you look is a product of what you eat. Healthy eating will ensure that one has the proper weight. Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water will make sure that one has beautiful skin hence will not have to deal with skin related problems. Some of the skin issues are what normally cause people to have low self-esteem.
From the above, it is necessary that we ensure our young adults develop healthy eating habits for their good and even that of their children in future. It will save them so much money used to treat some of these lifestyle diseases.