Trends, drivers and determinants of young children’s diets
Regional and country briefs of findings and trends of children's diets between 6 months to 2 years in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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The complementary feeding period is a critical junction for children’s diets. Between 6 months and 2 years of age, children’s diets transition from exclusive breastfeeding to age-appropriate complementary feeding. This period presents a critical window in a child’s growth and development. If inappropriate, there is increased risk of undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, overweight or a combination of these. At the same time, this is when children’s food preferences and dietary habits are shaped for the rest of their lives. This is the time when they learn to listen and respond to cues of hunger and satiety, which are essential for upholding healthy diets and weight throughout life.
This briefing series document the findings from a landscape analysis on trends, drivers and determinants of young children’s diets in Latin America and the Caribbean.
In addition, as part of a broader analysis of the regional landscape, three country briefs were conducted describing the factors and priority actions to improve children’s diets in Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.