This review summarizes findings from the 2002 and 2008 Feeding Infants and Toddlers Studies on the dietary intakes of American children younger than 5 years old. It compares these findings to current dietary recommendations and concludes with recommendations and practical feeding guidelines for parents, health professionals, and community leaders.
A summary of the Feeding Infants and Toddler Study with some food for thought on next steps to improve the feeding of young children
Nathalia Trees, MS, RD, is a clinical dietitian at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado. She received her bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She recently completed her master’s of science degree at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and her dietetic internship at the Frances Stern Nutrition Center at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts.
Johanna Dwyer, DSc, RD, is senior scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and a professor of medicine and nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the Tufts University Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. She is also the director of the Frances Stern Nutrition Center at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts.
This work was supported in part with resources from the US Department of Agriculture Research Science under agreement no. 58-1950-7-707.
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the US Department of Agriculture.
Dr Tree has no conflicts of interest to disclose. Dr Dwyer is the Editor-in-Chief of Nutrition Today.
Correspondence: Nathalia Trees, MS, RD, Frances Stern Nutrition Center, Box 783, Boston, MA 02111 (Nathalia.Trees@gmail.com).