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Repas familial.. © INRA, MAITRE Christophe

Dietary practices and their trends

HabEat symposium: Improving infant and child eating habits, encouraging fruit and vegetable intake. Translating evidence into practical recommendations

The symposium organised in 2014 reports the final results of the HabEat project, which helps to understand better how eating habits and food preferences are formed during the early years of life. Practical implications of these results were presented. How these implications could be translated into recommendations concerning feeding practices was discussed with the participants.

Updated on 09/04/2014
Published on 08/01/2014

Session 1: infant feeding and complementary feeding


Luc Penicaud, CNRS, France and Sylvie Issanchou, INRA, France


Sylvie Issanchou, INRA, France

Early feeding practices and later food habits

Blandine de Lauzon-Guillain, INSERM, France

Early feeding practices and child's growth

Yannis Manios, Harokopio University, Greece

Introduction of vegetables in the diet

Lucy Cooke, University of London, UK


with an introduction by Carla Lopes, University of Porto, Portugal

Session 2: Eating behaviour in toddlers and young children

Learning to like vegetables: introducing the HabEat experiments

Marion Hetherington, University of Leeds, UK

Strategies for learning to eat and like new vegetables

Victoire de Wild, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Interventions to increase vegetable intake in early childhood

Gertrude Zeinstra, Stitching DLO, The Netherlands

Modelling the role of individual differences in the effectiveness of interventions to increase vegetable intake in childhood

Pam Blundell, University of Leeds, UK

Control of food intake and impact of parental practices

Sophie Nicklaus, INRA, France


with an introduction by Pauline Emmett, University of Bristol, UK

Session 3: translating science into practice

General discussion on recommendations and conclusion