National Geographic : 1941 Mar
Ii :: 's Where does he put it? YOUNGSTERS, as they reach their teens, often de velop an extraordinary capacity for food. Many a puzzled mother has said, "I don't know where he puts it!" ~ It is important for parents to realize that in the majority of cases, such an appetite is normal and should be encouraged. One important exception, of course, is the child who shows a tendency to obesity -and in such a case a doctor should be consulted. During the teen age, a normal child is exception ally active. Each year he is adding 2 or 3 inches to his height and as much as 10 pounds or more to his weight. Therefore, a youngster has to eat a large amount. Too little food, or the wrong kind, can hin der normal development at this time just as truly as in infancy. Your doctor will tell you that an adolescent child's activities can be as strenuous as a manual laborer's--sometimes requiring from 50% to 75% more food than is needed by the average adult. That's why it may be perfectly proper for Junior to tuck away lots more dinner than his office-working Dad! Three generous meals a day should include milk, cereals, vegetables, fruits, meat, and eggs-all so necessary for growth and good health. Furthermore, these meals should include wholesome desserts to satisfy the "sweet tooth" that boys and girls usually develop. This doesn't mean, of course, that the youngster should be free to gobble anything at any time. Sim- pie, sensible snacks may be given to the child at appropriate times if they do not affect the child's appetite at regular meals. Good, satisfying foods like milk, bread and butter, and fruits are usually easy to keep on hand for the hungry young one. In between times-right after school, for instance, but not too close to the next regular meal-such wholesome foods tend to discourage round-the-clock "nibbling." To help you satisfy youthful appetites, and also to avoid one-sided or indigestible diets, Metropoli tan offers a helpful, free leaflet, "When You Are In Your Teens." Write today to Dept. 341-N . "THE PROOF OF THE PUDDING"-a ten-minute, Technicolor movie on food and health-has just been released by the United States Public Health Serv ice and the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. When it is shown in your neighborhood, it will be worth your while to see it. COPYRIGHT 1941-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) ( Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y.