New Research Calls for More to be Done to Establish Good Eating Habits in Children’s Early Years

In light of the new findings, the paper recommends that government advice to families should be kept simple to help establish good eating habits in their children’s early years.

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New research from the University of Edinburgh has found that in a study of 2000 families with five year olds, those children who eat the same meals as their parents are far more likely to have healthier diets than those who eat different foods. In light of the new findings, the paper recommends that government advice to families should be kept simple to help establish good eating habits in their children’s early years.

The Infant & Toddler Forum, an independent team of early years experts, has been working in this area for many years and in 2010 developed the Ten Steps for Healthy Toddlers initiative which promotes simple and concise advice that can be applied everywhere toddlers are fed. It focuses on what foods to offer and what behaviours to instil, to promote good habits for health, growth and development.

Judy More, paediatric dietitian and member of the Infant &…

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