What are Kiwi toddlers eating?
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.