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Nutrition guidelines issued for under-fives

16th January 2012

The School Food Trust has published guidelines which aim to help decrease obesity in preschool children.


The guidance incorporates data about what type of meals children should be given, recipes and advice about food for picky eaters.

The advice comes after a report revealed some young children were being fed meals which were better suited to adults.

The same report stated that over a fifth of children were obese or overweight by the time they began school.

The School Food Trust said the guidance, which is voluntary, was aimed at nurseries and people who cared for children.

The report found that some children were being fed meals that were too high in fat, salt and sugar.

Children's Minister Sarah Teather said: "Healthy eating is at the heart of helping every child get the best start in life."

"Nurseries play a vital role in getting children from all backgrounds to develop good eating habits - but many lack the expert knowledge of what is the best food to serve."

Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Preschool Learning Alliance, said the new guidelines would help them "navigate through the maze of information about what food and drink is nutritionally appropriate for young children". 


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