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Nutritional quality of infants and young children’s diet in the UK: Calculating the optimised "Eat well" plate

Nutritional quality of infants and young children’s diet in the UK: Calculating the optimised "Eat well" plate

Zand, Nazanin (2013) Nutritional quality of infants and young children’s diet in the UK: Calculating the optimised "Eat well" plate. Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences, 3 (4). p. 31. ISSN 2155-9600 (doi:10.4172/2155-9600.S1.008)

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Abstract

Early infant feeding provides nutrients for optimal growth and development. Recent data suggests that children who are overweight at an early age are likely to continue to be overweight. This in turn, increases the risk of developing chronic disease such as type 2diabetes, heart disease and variety of other co-morbidities in early adulthood. Over recent decades, changes in life style and food economy has contributed to shifting dietary patterns leading to increased consumption of energy-dense diets high in fat, particularly saturated fat, and low in unrefined carbohydrates. The aforementioned has potential implications for total energy and fat intake and taste acquisition which may impact negatively on risk of chronic non-communicable disease. The current eatwell plate is not recommended for children under five years of age, on the basis that less than two years of age have different nutritional requirements and further assumes that 2-5 year olds gradually move to eating the same food as the rest of their family in proportions shown on the eatwell plate. The current guideline may therefore, not be as suitable, where greater reliance on nutritional quality of food occurs and the nutritional requirements of under five years of age are different to the adult population. An equivalent ‘eat well’ plate will be designed for infants within the age groups of (a) children of 6-12 months, (b) 12-36 months and (c) 36 - 60 months; based on current recommendations by Department of Health (DoH)in order to obtain an empirical module for development of an optimal diet based on current recommendations by DoH during early infancy.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Abstract, published by Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences (2013) - Conference Proceedings. 2013: 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Nutritional Science & Therapy. [2] Abstract of paper, presented at 105th OMICS Group Conference, 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Nutritional Science & Therapy, held July 15-17, 2013, Philadelphia, USA. [3] JNFS an open access journal.
Uncontrolled Keywords: nutritional quality, infants and young children’s diet, UK
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Life & Sports Sciences
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2016 09:55
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/12407

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