Starting as early as conception, parents are intimately responsible for the feeding of infants, ensuring their sustenance, survival, and ability to thrive. Due to the biological phenomena of pregnancy and breastfeeding, mothers often hold the initial responsibility for feeding infants and continue to provide, purchase, prepare, and serve food for their children. Fathers are also involved to a degree that varies by culture and even from family to family. As babies grow into toddlers, children, and adolescents, parents continue to exert control and demonstrate care in child-feeding practices. Children also express their own food preferences, which change over time and are greatly shaped by parental role modeling and parenting style. Particularly as childhood obesity rates have increased in many countries across the globe, questions of how and what to feed children have garnered...
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