One in five toddlers regularly eats takeaways

Many of the UK's toddlers are being raised on a diet consisting mainly of takeways and adult ready meals before they are even out of nappies, according to the Infant and Toddler Forum.

Photograph: istockphoto/Paweł Bartkowski
Photograph: istockphoto/Paweł Bartkowski

A poll of 1,000 mothers of a child aged nine to 36 months found 29% of children under three consume a takeaway at least once a week.

A further 19% of toddlers are fed takeaways or adult ready meals for most meals. Whilst 23% have crisps and 16% consume fizzy drinks almost every day.

In spite of this, 83% of mothers believed their child had a healthy, balanced diet.

The Infant and Toddler Forum brings together a multi-disciplinary team of eight experts and practitioners interested in infant and child health.

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