Room for improvement remains in food consumption patterns of young children aged 2–4 years.

Editor(s): Welker EB, Jacquier EF, Catellier DJ, Anater AS, Story MT..

Healthy food consumption patterns in early childhood support optimal growth and development. The 2016 FITS US study showed that children ages 2-4 years generally consumed grain foods (95%), protein foods (88%), milk (81%), and fruit (77%) and some vegetable (73%) on the day of the survey. However, 90% consumed sweets, sweetened drinks or desserts and 19% consumed fried potatoes, illustrating that improvements are still needed.

Welker EB, Jacquier EF, Catellier DJ, Anater AS, Story MT.Room for improvement remains in food consumption patterns of young children aged 2–4 years. J Nutr. 2018; 148:1536S–1546S. doi.org/10.1093/jn/nxx053