Family and child-care provider influences on preschool children's fruit, juice, and vegetable consumption

Nutr Rev. 2001 Jul;59(7):224-35. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2001.tb07014.x.


Children's intakes of fruit, juice, and vegetables (FJV) do not meet the recommended minimum of five daily servings, placing them at increased risk for development of cancer and other diseases. Because children's food preferences and practices are initiated early in life (e.g., 2-5 years of age), early dietary intervention programs may have immediate nutritional benefit, as well as reduce chronic disease risk when learned healthful habits and preferences are carried into adulthood. Families and child-care settings are important social environments within which food-related behaviors among young children are developed. FJV preferences, the primary predictor of FJV consumption in children, are influenced by availability, variety, and repeated exposure. Caregivers (parents and child-care providers) can influence children's eating practices by controlling availability and accessibility of foods, meal structure, food modeling, food socialization practices, and food-related parenting style. Much remains to be learned about how these influences and practices affect the development of FJV preferences and consumption early in life.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Beverages
  • Child Care*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Chronic Disease
  • Family*
  • Feeding Behavior* / psychology
  • Female
  • Food Preferences* / psychology
  • Fruit
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Vegetables