My son is going to turn 15. He does not eat well. Weighs 47 kgs and has height of 167cms. Pls advise on how to feed a teen

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Updated on Feb 02, 2016

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your son's height is good for his age and weight is also okay, maybe a little on the lower side. in teenage, children prefer to eat more junk food, whatever their friends are eating more. They prefer less to eat at home. few suggestions are You can give him variety in home cooked foods. Try cooking different type of cuisines at home only like so that they are healthier. He is grown up so let him decide the amount of food he wants to take. For the type of food, let him choose from the healthy options you have to offer. For weight gain give more of these foods. Use whole milk and its products like curd, paneer, cheese, buttermilk etc. You may give these as fruit shakes/ fruit lassi. Paneer/cheese can be added to their roti/sandwich/dosa/uttapam/pasta etc. Increase intake of dals/legumes, eggs (hard boiled/ omlette /fried etc. ) poultry/fish (curry, snacks, cutlets, tikka, rice or soup). Give more of fruits like mango, banana, cheeku,litchi, grapes, dates. These may be added to their milkshakes as well. Give more of potato, sweet potato, colocassia, yam besides other vegetables. Nuts like walnuts, almonds, peanuts and dried fruits like raisins, currants, dried apricot. Calorie rich snacks ideas are Pasta with cheese, egg/potato/cheese parantha made with a little ghee, cheese balls, cheese & paneer sandwich. Fruit smoothie especially made of banana, honey and nuts, fruit yogurt made of full-fat milk, full-fat milk based puddings like rice kheer/fruit custard/vermicelli Trail mix with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, honey. Hope this helps.

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