How Are Eating Behaviors Affected During Childhood and Adolescence

The progression from infancy to childhood and then adolescence brings many new eating situations and experiences. During early childhood if not well before, children are weaned from breast milk or formula completely and have also made the transition from infant foods to regular foods. Eating develops into a very social and impressionable time in our lives. The number of meals children eat in a day will decrease and many food likes/dislikes and eating behaviors are formed in childhood. Children watch others at the table and also respond to moods and changes in the environment at the table. During childhood, television, radio, and interaction with peers at day care, camps, and grade school impact the development of children's likes and dislikes, and eating behaviors. Many of these characteristics remain throughout life, while others are phases.

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