A small study published by by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology takes a look at the way kids in their early childhood developmental stages make connections with health and food.
During the research, children were asked a series of questions on two separate occasions, as well as asked to place foods in their correct MyPlate food groups.
“Four themes emerged from children’s responses to the question about health: 1) term “healthy” was not understood; 2) parent statements about food and health were repeated; 3) to be healthy, children indicated one needs to eat; 4) some accurate nutrition information was stated but more concepts were incorrect.”
This research shows that children can understand the basic concepts of healthy food choices, but more detailed information could be saved for later developmental stages. “Nutrition education for early childhood should be developmentally appropriate through child-centered learning experiences that sequence ideas to support children’s later abilities and understandings.”
Original Article: http://www.fasebj.org/content/29/1_Supplement/901.24.short