Future global health depends on the health of today’s children. Those children who establish healthy eating and activity behaviours early in life are well-equipped to maintain their good health far into adult life.
Childhood is a decisive formative period in which to build the foundations for sustainable healthy eating patterns. That’s why global health begins with the family. In millions of homes around the world, children are learning their eating habits, as well as their education and social behaviour, from their parents, grandparents and siblings. However, the traditional family model has come under intense pressure from the challenges of the modern world, with busy parents struggling to balance work and family life, and children becoming increasingly engrossed in smartphones, tablets, televisions and other electronic devices. The result is often less time to prepare and share mealtimes together as a family, and less time to enjoy quality moments together.
With this in mind, Danone Institute International has joined forces with experts in the field to develop a unique perspective on the topic. Dietitians, nutritionists, paediatricians, psychologists, sociologists, and public health professionals have come together to review existing evidence and discuss innovative strategies, to empower families and parents to make positive decisions for nurturing healthy eating in their children.
The aim of this document is to set out the current evidence and lay the foundations for empowering families to nurture healthy eating habits among the children of the world.