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Child Nutrition Guidelines and Gender

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Advice; Best interests principle; Child nutrition; Clinical guidelines


In recent years there has been a proliferation of guidelines related to child health. Prominent among these are guidelines on child nutrition. Guidelines cover a large range of questions relating to child nutrition, from duration of breast-feeding and supplementary feeding in infancy to weaning, establishing healthy eating in toddlers, and meeting the nutritional needs of children at various stages of development.

Guidelines are used in professions such as medicine as a means of communicating evidence-based statements about best practice and encouraging quality improvement and reduction of unwarranted variation in practice. There is significant debate about the authority of professional guidelines, and in particular questions are raised about the conditions under which divergence from guidelines is permissible. Many child nutrition guidelines are ultimately intended to influence parental,...


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  • Parental Practice
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  • Child Nutrition

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Jonas, M. (2013). Child Nutrition Guidelines and Gender. In: Thompson, P., Kaplan, D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics. Springer, Dordrecht.

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