Children’s nutrition knowledge leadership

Our commitment: Build knowledge leadership in children’s nutrition


By 2015 – Field Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) and Kids Nutrition and Health Study (KNHS) research on children’s (ages 0–12) dietary intake and lifestyle habits in the United States.

By 2017 – Submit 10 manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications from the FITS and KNHS studies.

Our progress

Our Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) is the largest dietary survey of parents and caregivers of young children (0–4 years old). First launched in 2002 and repeated in 2008, FITS’ third round of data collection was launched in 2015. We gathered dietary intake data and collected comprehensive information on feeding habits, physical activity, food security and participation in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Two scientific papers were published in peer-reviewed journals in 2015. FITS 2008 research showed that many parents do not recognize overweight/obesity in their children and may not be aware of eating behaviors and activities that are necessary for developing lifelong healthy habits (published in Preventing Chronic Disease).

Our Kids Nutrition and Health Study (KNHS) focuses on children from 4–12 years old. KNHS research revealed key insights into the dietary patterns of kids 9–12 years old, most notably that 17% of kids in this age group are skipping lunch. This manuscript was accepted for publication by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and made available in February 2016. A review of parenting styles, feeding styles and feeding practices related to obesity risk in children was published in Frontiers in Psychology.

Both FITS and KNHS are helping Nestlé better understand children’s eating patterns and nutritional requirements, and helping define and improve our product formulations, consumer communications and educational programs. We actively share our research findings with healthcare providers, government agencies, NGOs, community groups and scientific foundations to help inform public health communities around the world.

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