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Takeaways "part of toddlers' diets"

A survey into the eating habits of young children has revealed that toddlers are regularly being given takeaways, crisps and fizzy drinks.

Almost a third of children (29%) under the age of three ate a takeaway at least once a week, according to the poll for new nutrition scheme Little People's Plates.

And one in five (19%) are given adult ready meals or takeaways for most meals, the survey of 1,000 mothers revealed.

Despite this - and the fact that around the same proportion of toddlers have crisps and fizzy drinks almost every day - the majority of mothers polled (83%) said they thought their child had a healthy, balanced diet.

Little People's Plates was set up by the Infant and Toddler Forum to highlight the importance of correct nutrition for children aged one to three to parents and carers.

The campaign aims to provide parents with practical tips and guidance to help make the right food choices for toddlers, whether food is home cooked or pre-prepared.

Government guidance says that children can eat "family foods" after weaning, but Little People's Plates stresses that if these foods are takeaways, youngsters will be missing out on the right ingredients.

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"Having had four chilren the first three will eat anything the last one is fussy this is not helped by todays way of life. I tell him exactly what he should be eating for health and why energy good skin constipation, piles etc, do not leave out the worse details, in other words education. Educate the parents advertise the consequences to the childs health increase the price of these dangerous snacks and decrease the price of proper food etc. The single change in my sons behaviour was getting him to cook." - Kate Greiff, Leicester