Extra nutrients are important for growing teenage girls, who experience intensive growth spurts between the ages of 10 and 15. Calcium, an important building block for the creation of healthy bones, is especially important, since about half of a young woman’s bone structure is developed during adolescence. If you have a young family member who is practicing weight control as part of a sport, such as gymnastics or dance, make sure she understands how vital a healthy diet is in giving extra-stressed bones the calcium they need.
Ballerinas have dieted so stringently that some young women have developed osteoporosis (fragile bones). If you have concerns, don’t hesitate to enlist the support of your children’s doctor, or contact a registered dietitian.