Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 29–32 | Cite as

Autonomy at mealtime: Building healthy food preferences and eating behaviors in young children

  • Catherine Mogharreban
  • Marcia Nahikian-Nelms


This article discusses family-style meal service as a means to building autonomy and healthy eating behaviors in young children. The authors discuss the development of food preferences, age-related developmental responses to food, and the importance of socially mediated exposure to food as a way to increased food acceptance. Guidelines for implementing family-style mealtimes in child care settings are outlined.

Key Words

young children mealtime nutrition food preferences child care 


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine Mogharreban
    • 1
  • Marcia Nahikian-Nelms
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Human Environmental StudiesSoutheast Missouri State UniversityCape Girardeau

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