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High schoolers might want to vacuum "junk food" and soda pop into their gullets. Don't enable them! Instead, urge your teen to eat healthy food in order to support proper development of the brain parts that are still under construction. Feed them whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy, vegetables, fruit, and healthy fats, with a substantial breakfast, nutritious lunch, and snacks in-between to keep energy levels up. Watch out for eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia and also do your best to help them avoid the obesity that weighs down almost 20 percent of U.S. children this age. Learn these tips on brain food for kids.

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