The world is now home to 1.2 billion people between the ages of 10 and 19. As the world collaborates in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic through preventative measures like lockdowns, many young people are staying home. . This means that they is a paradigm shift in nutrition-related behaviour, particularly how people consume and attain food. The ages between 10-19 years is when young people are nutritionally vulnerable because of the rapid physical growth during puberty that increases nutrient demands. At this stage, there is a risk of young people adopting behaviours which have implications on their wellbeing and growth. Wrong dietary behaviours if established in adolescence may contribute to nutrition-related problems that have consequences for long-term health.
Good nutrition or eating balanced meals ensures the body attains all the required nutrients in their right quantities. Good nutrition helps the immune system fight against infections. A strong
The immune system is crucial in helping the body fight the COVID-19 disease. Good nutrition also prevents malnutrition which can be one of the underlying conditions that can worsen illness.