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Nutrition Throughout the Lifecycle by Elizabeth Eilender

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CHAPTER 4

Early and Middle Childhood

Introduction

The years spanning early and middle childhood are a critical time during which children learn about and establish healthy eating habits, as well as cultivate their attitudes toward food and the food choices they make for themselves. These years are a period of tremendous cognitive and physical development, presenting children, and their caregivers, countless “teachable moments” on which to build a foundation for life-long health and well-being.

The life stage covered here addresses ages two to six, which are commonly known as the “preschool” years, as well as ages 6 to 12, which are referred to as the “middle school” years. This chapter explores the growth patterns, developmental milestones, and ...

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