What are Kiwi tod­dlers eat­ing?

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Massey Univer­sity re­searchers want to know what is on the food ta­ble for tod­dlers.

Nu­tri­tion masters stu­dent Saya Hashimoto is re­search­ing the di­ets of 2 to 4-year-olds.

‘‘We want to know what Kiwi kids are eat­ing and what the eat­ing is­sues are that par­ents are deal­ing with.’’

Hashimoto was in­spired by Massey Univer­sity’s AC­TIVE pro­gramme which helps chil­dren who are ex­tremely fussy eaters.

But there is no na­tional nu­tri­tional data for tod­dlers, so Hashimoto wants to know more.

The re­search team hopes more than 1000 par­ents of chil­dren aged 2 to 4 of all eth­nic back­grounds will fill in the 20-minute sur­vey.

Par­ents will be given guide­lines on what to feed their tod­dlers at the end of the ques­tions and the data will be used to help health work­ers tell if chil­dren are at risk of poor nu­tri­tion.

Hashimoto hopes to fin­ish the data col­lec­tion in the next few months.

Plate up: Massey Univer­sity stu­dent Saya Hashimoto wants to know what Kiwi kids are eat­ing.

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