By Nancy Gottesman
During baby’s first year, you’ll want to cultivate a diet that protects against obesity and disease as he grows. The best way to do that? “Try to get your child used to a wide variety of foods,” suggests Joanne Ikeda, M.A., R.D., a nutrition education specialist in Nutritional Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley.
Many parents, whether they are aware of it or not, are fostering in their children a predisposition for a high- sugar, high-fat diet—the same diet that’s at the root of our obesity epidemic. “A few years later, these same parents ask, ‘Why won’t my child eat his fruit and vegetables?’” notes Ikeda.
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