Establishing a healthy diet during the toddler years is important for both short- and long-term health. During the second year of life the toddler gains independence and seeks a degree of dietary autonomy. Dietary habits adopted at this time are important because they will be taken forward into later childhood and adult life. Part 2 of this two-part review explores the relationship between the diets of toddlers and short- and long-term health, focusing particularly on obesity, dental health and constipation. Meals plans are included. This paper follows on from Part 1 (Journal of Family Health Care 2007; 17(5): 167-170) which reviewed the risks of micronutrient deficiencies.
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