A study shows that even before a child's second birthday, many have developed the same bad eating habits that plague older children and adults.
Children aged 1 to 2 years require about 950 calories per day. But a study of more than 3,000 youngsters, commissioned by Gerber Products Company, found that the median intake for the toddlers is 1,220 calories. That's an excess of nearly 30%. For those 7 months to 11 months old, the daily caloric surplus was about 20%.
Up to one-third of the children under 2 consumed no fruits or vegetables. For those who did eat vegetables, the most common selection was french fries