The Australian Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (OZFITS), 2021
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 January 2022) | Viewed by 18343
Interests: nutrient requirements for bone health; dietary assessment and population health
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Despite the recognition of the importance of nutrition during the early years, there are scant data on the dietary intake and contemporary feeding practices of children under two years old in Australia.
To address this gap, in 2020–2021, we conducted the Australian Feeding Infant and Toddler Survey (OzFITS). We surveyed parents or caregivers of children under 2 years of age from across Australia. Over 1000 parents or caregivers were surveyed. Parents completed a telephone survey which asked about demographic characteristics, breastfeeding practices, timing, and types of introductory foods introduced, as well as exposure to potential allergens and more. A 24-hour record/recall was collected on each child. This allowed us to determine food groups consumed, the use of ‘discretionary foods’, and usual nutrient intake distributions along with the prevalence of nutrient inadequacy. In the following series of papers, we will present the findings from this survey.
Prof. Dr. Susan Whiting
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- infant and young child feeding practices
- dietary intake
- complementary foods
- food groups