New peer-reviewed articles on consumption and promotion of commercial foods

New research published by Helen Keller International’s Assessment and Research on Child Feeding (ARCH) Project in the scientific journal Maternal & Child Nutrition builds on previous findings on promotion and consumption of commercial foods and beverages among infants and young children.

These papers illustrate the widespread promotion and high rates of consumption in Nepal, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Senegal, with broader implications for low- and middle-income countries.

The purpose of this research was to answer vital questions in the effort to create an enabling environment for optimal infant and young child nutrition. What information are caregivers receiving about the foods marketed for infants and young children? What kind of nutrition is this age group getting from these products? Why do caregivers make certain food decisions?  It also raises additional questions such as why are we still seeing promotion of breastmilk substitutes despite international resolutions and national regulations prohibiting it?

The nine peer-reviewed articles included in the special supplement issue of Maternal & Child Nutrition provide:
  • New data on consumption of commercial foods by infants and young children and drivers of food choice for commercial foods by caregivers
  • Exploration of the nutrient content and fortification of commercial products consumed by young children
  • New insights into the promotion which takes place for these products in urban low- and middle-income country study sites

This open access supplement issue, available here on June 21 2019, provides information for decision makers to guide development of policies and interventions to support optimal nutrition of infants and young children, and subsequently their overall health and success.

Supplement issue table of contents

Marketing and Consumption of Commercial Foods Fed to Young Children in Low and Middle-income Countries

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