Early feeding patterns among Mexican babies: findings from the 2012 National Health and Nutrition Survey and implications for health and obesity prevention.

Editor(s): Deming DM, Afeiche MC, Reidy KC, Eldridge AL, Villalpando-Carrión S..

Feeding practices and dietary factors associated with obesity in young children are now recognized to begin in infancy. The 2012 Mexican National Health Survey, including 2045 children from birth to 4 years of age, was used to describe the transitions in food consumption patterns and adherence to feeding guidelines during these ages. By the age of 9 months, more children consumed a sweetened beverage or food (75%) than a distinct portion of fruit (54%) or vegetable (25%), though some vegetables were consumed as part of mixed dishes. Many infants, toddlers and preschoolers in Mexico are not meeting important feeding recommendations aimed at supporting healthy growth, development and obesity prevention.

Deming DM, Afeiche MC, Reidy KC, Eldridge AL, Villalpando-Carrión S. Early feeding patterns among Mexican babies: findings from the 2012 National Health and Nutrition Survey and implications for health and obesity prevention. BMC Nutr. 2015; 1:40. doi.org/10.1186/s40795-015-0035-5