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Mothers Diets have Biggest Influence on Children Eating Healthy Continued


After looking at nearly 400 low-income women (black and non-Hispanic white) with children ages 1-3 enrolled in Early Head Start programs. Results show toddlers were less likely to consume fruits and vegetables four or more times a week if their mothers did not consume that amount or if their mothers viewed their children as picky eaters. Mildred Horodynski's research shows what and how mothers eat is the most direct influence on what toddlers eat.

Repeated Exposure Is Essential In Healthy Eating

Up to 15 exposures of a new food may be needed before it can be determined if a child likes or dislikes it.