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Childhood diet habits set in infancy, studies suggest

September 5th 2014 / Ayesha Muttucumaru Google+ Ayesha Muttucumaru

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The fight against childhood obesity could start earlier than we think

“Efforts to improve what children eat should begin before they even learn to walk, a series of nutritional studies published on Tuesday has found. Taken together, the data indicate that infant feeding patterns persist far longer than has been appreciated.

“’Our early taste preferences, particularly for fruits and vegetables, and on the flip side for sugary beverages, are lasting,’ said Dr. Elsie M. Taveras, chief of the division of general pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston, who was not involved in the new research.

“’These studies are suggesting that in terms of diet quality, the diet might be cast in the first year,’ she added.”

Read more at www.nytimes.com.

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