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Healthy eating scheme for toddlers

A new scheme for two to four year olds designed to prevent obesity in later life is to be given the national go ahead.

MEND programmes (min, exercise, nutrition … do it!) in the past have offered overweight and obese children aged seven to thirteen years the chance to learn how to manage their weight.

But the group has now expanded its programmes to include "mini-MEND" programmes for primary school children.

The move comes after National  Child Measurement Prorgamme (NCMP) data revealed a worrying trend of weight gain in primary school children.

Jonathan Scott, national ambassador for MEND said: "These NCMP results are yet more alarming proof that children as young as four are sitting on a potential health timebomb.

"Parents need to realise that the problems won't go away unless they take action and support their child in making changes to their eating and activity patterns."

MEND programmes are free for families to join, thanks to funding from the lottery and supermarkets.

The group hope the mini-MEND scheme will head off fussy eating among toddlers and encourage active play.


Your comments: (Terms and conditions apply)
"Teaching a child should start from a very early age, as soon as a baby is weaned. Introducing different tastes and textures will help them with not just liking a small variety of foods. Less processed products and more fruit and veggies should be part of a varied diet" - Name and address supplied

"Small children dont always need seperate food from the family. The whole family should be eating more healthier with less sugar, salt and processed food. Train the toddlers palate from an early age." - Susan Lindsay, South West chcp, Glasgow