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Dietary fat and children
Children and fat free diets; Fat free diet and children
Children over age of 1 should be offered low-fat and nonfat foods.
Fat should NOT be restricted in babies under age 1.
- In children ages 1 and 3 years old, fat calories should make up 30 – 40 % of total calories.
- In children age 4 and older, fat calories should make up 25 – 35% of total calories.
Fruits and vegetables are healthy snack foods.
Children should be taught healthy eating habits early, so they may continue them throughout life.
Kirby M, Danner E. Nutritional deficiencies in children on restricted diets. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2009 Oct;56(5):1085-103.
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.