Infant and Toddler Forum supports National Obesity Awareness Week

Infant & Toddler Forum supports National Obesity Awareness Week, 13th – 19th January

This week is National Obesity Awareness Week 2014. The Infant & Toddler Forum (ITF) is delighted to support this initiative and encourage families to make a new start in 2014 with healthier lifestyle choices.

We know what happens to children in their earliest years is key to health outcomes in adult life. We also know that making lifestyle changes can be a challenge. The Forum encourage a step wise approach to health and wellbeing placing the emphasis on simple, practical advice so that families can take small steps towards better health that are impossible not to achieve.

The ITF’s award-winning Ten Steps for Healthy Toddlers programme provides families with simple, practical tips that help promote good habits for health, growth and development.
ITF is an independent, multi-disciplinary group of experts from paediatrics, neonatology, health visiting, dietetics and child psychology, specialising in early-years nutrition and development. To speak to a member of the ITF for comment on the issues discussed during National Obesity

Awareness Week, contact Neil Hardman on 0208 9716419 or email

The ITF is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Danone Baby Nutrition. However its views are independent of Danone Baby Nutrition and its commercial interests, and its outputs are the intellectual property of the Forum members with whom copyright rests.

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Further Reading

  • Lucy Upton, Specialist Paediatric Dietitian and Nutritionist   Sugar is everywhere, and the trouble is, a lot of the sugar we eat can be hidden in the food we buy – and often in foods we wouldn’t expect! It is no secret that a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet is essential for toddlers’ growth and development, and this includes keeping a close eye on their sugar consumption. The question of just how much sugar is healthy for young children to consume is one on many parents’ lips. Our guide below aims to demystify sugar consumption and provide tips and advice on how to keep your child’s sugar intake within the recommended amounts.
  • Lucy Upton, Specialist Paediatric Dietitian and Nutritionist   Nothing describes a rollercoaster more accurately than the early months with your newborn baby. With the rush of love and amazing bonding experience that many new parents feel also comes numerous unknowns and challenges which can cause high levels of anxiety. Not always having the answer or being unsure of where to look for trusted information can naturally leave some parents feeling stressed and overwhelmed.
  • Lucy Upton, Specialist Paediatric Dietitian and Nutritionist   Vegetarian and vegan diets have become increasingly popular over the past few years, with more and more parents raising their children on a plant-based diet. Toddlers have high-energy needs and small stomachs, so it is important parents know how to ensure their child gets all the nutrients needed for healthy growth and development. The Infant & Toddler Forum are here to help with practical tips and advice for parents considering a vegetarian or vegan diet for their toddler.