Childhood to Adulthood
Adulthood health is deeply rooted in childhood. In turn, adult diseases are mostly born out of the interactions between genetic factors and poor nutrition during childhood. Still, they are preventable, controllable and treatable via combining adequate nutrition with a healthy lifestyle. Medical and scientific studies indicate that the body’s metabolic programming may be influenced by nutrition from early-infancy. The incidence and outcome of metabolic diseases such as obesity, hypertension and cardiovascular disorders are associated with birth weight, childhood life style and nutrition. The good news is that a vast majority of acute childhood diseases are avoidable, controllable or treatable, while adequate nutrition during infancy and early-childhood constitutes the cornerstone of life-long health.
All children are different; so are their nutritional needs. Different kids have distinct eating habits, taste preferences, life styles, cultural backgroundds, genetic properties and are subject to diverse environmental factors. Children, therefore, require nutrients according to their specific health needs. Nutrigenomics is the study of interactions between nutrition, genomics and health. In nutrition, nutrigenomics often concern functional food ingredients that are scientifically evidenced to yield health benefits. In that sense, nutrigenomics is an approach to personalising nutrients that deliver health benefits to individuals with distinct genetic risk factors and diets. Personalized nutrition is an effective preventative approach in health care.