The early years are a crucial window for the rapidly developing child to learn to accept and like healthy foods and establish long-term dietary patterns that can reduce risk of obesity, chronic diseases, and oral health problems.
Given that the foods young children are exposed to depend primarily on their caregiver, feeding practices associated with healthy eating are a key area of interest.
More responsive feeding styles, understanding and responding to when children feel hungry or full have been widely advocated for establishing longer term positive eating behaviours.
This British Nutrition Foundation webinar will explore this important area in early years nutrition looking at what we mean by responsive feeding, why is it important in developing healthy eating habits and for weight management in later childhood and what may be needed to support caregivers to adopt this approach.
It’s a fascinating area!
1pm Introduction The British Nutrition Foundation
1.05pm Responsive Parenting and Feeding: Why is it important?:
The concept of responsive feeding and how it may affect infant weight and eating behaviour longer term
Prof Maureen Black, Professor of Paediatrics, University of Maryland
1.20pm Understanding barriers and enablers to caregivers responsive feeding practices in very young children
A key element in encouraging responsive feeding
Prof Sarah Redsell, Associate Professor and Co-Lead, Centre for Children and Young People’s Health Research (CYPHR), University of Nottingham
1.35pm Child eating behaviours and energy intake
A research snapshot
Prof Ciaran Forde, Professor Sensory Science and Eating Behaviour, Wageningen University
1.45pm The public health context
Recommendations related to HOW to feed
Dr Simon Steenson, Nutrition Scientist, British Nutrition Foundation
1.55pm Closing Remarks
This webinar will be of interest to those working in:
- public health including local authorities and children's centres
- nutrition and dietetics
- early years including health professionals and practitioners
It is also suitable for those studying or researching in these areas.
The British Nutrition Foundation is grateful to Nestle Nutrition for providing an educational grant towards the success of this webinar. However, the programme has been directed by the Foundation alone, which is committed to producing independent, evidence based science.
A British Nutrition Foundation webinar on responsive feeding in young children
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