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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


Location: Children's Nutrition Research Center

Title: Feeding infants and toddlers study 2008: progress, continuing concerns, and implications

item Dwyer, Johanna
item Butte, Nancy
item Deming, Denise
item Siega-riz, Anna
item Reidy, Kathleen

Submitted to: Journal of American Dietetic Association
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/20/2010
Publication Date: 12/1/2010
Citation: Dwyer, J.T., Butte, N.F., Deming, D.M., Siega-Riz, A.M., Reidy, K.C. 2010. Feeding infants and toddlers study 2008: progress, continuing concerns, and implications. Journal of American Dietetic Association. 110(12):S60-S67.

Interpretive Summary: Parents need help feeding infants and children to ensure a healthy start in life. Dr. Dwyer, a leading nutritionist, interpreted findings from the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Survey (FITS) 2008. For the most part, parents are following guidelines for infant feeding practices and the introduction of complementary feedings. For toddlers, 12 to 24 months of age, and preschoolers, 24-48 months of age, the diets are nutritionally adequate with a few exceptions (vitamin E, potassium and fiber), but there is room for improvement in the selection of foods for these young children.

Technical Abstract: The Feeding Infants and Toddlers Survey (FITS) 2008 reveals both progress and some continuing concerns about feeding American infants and toddlers in the 21st century. This summary integrates these findings and suggests possible implications for re-evaluating or clarifying dietary recommendations.

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