Results from the National Pre-School Nutrition Survey were published yesterday by the Irish Universities Nutrition Alliance (IUNA). The majority (77%) of 2-4 year old children were within normal weight. However, 23% were defined as overweight or obese. Higher levels of overweight and obesity were seen in children aged 2 (27%) and 3 years (32%), while only 8% of 4 year olds were classified as overweight or obese.
Children were found to have generally adequate Intake of dietary fibre. However, salt intakes increased with age and exceeded the Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s daily salt intake targets of 2g for 1-3 year olds and 3g for 4 year olds. Intakes of most vitamins and minerals, including calcium and B-vitamins, were adequate. Intakes of vitamin D were generally low, indicating that a significant proportion of children may be at risk of inadequate intakes of vitamin D, particularly in winter. Parents of older children (15%) were more likely to say that they thought it was difficult to provide a healthy diet for their children than parents of younger children (7%).
Read more about the report on the IUNA website
, or read our advice on having a healthy balanced diet for your toddler