Chapter 20

Programming Long-Term Health: Nutrition and Diet in Toddlers

K.C. Reidy*
C. Squatrito***    Nestlé Nutrition, Florham Park, NJ, United States**    Dolce Baby, LLC, Cedar Grove, NJ, United States

Abstract

The first 1000 days, from conception to the second birthday, has been identified as a critical window during which nutrition can impact health throughout the lifespan. There is a significant and growing body of literature that shows that nutrition during this period affects many aspects of health and development, including the development of chronic diseases later in life, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. The period from 12–24 months is considered a time of transitional feeding, during which the child transitions ...

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