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What’s your ‘Child Nutrition’ IQ?

Take this quiz to find out how much you know about childhood nutrition and when feeding a child.

  1. Most children instinctively know how much they need to eat.
  2. Answer:True.Your child’s age and activity level determines how many calories she needs. Children do not eat the same amount each day and may eat more or less according to their calorie needs. The ability to eat instinctively according to calorie needs happens with most children under the age of five. However, a few children may not respond to this and eat too little or too much.
  3. Foods should match your child’s age, not their developmental level.
  4. Answer:False.Your child’s developmental skills are more important than their age when it comes to feeding practices. Children should be served different foods based on their ability to chew, finger feed and spoon feed independently.
  5. What parental feeding style will help your child develop a healthy relationship with food?



  6. Answer:D. Responsive. Responsive feeding practices teach a child to understand hunger and fullness, and provide stress-free experiences with new foods.

    Parents who use responsive feeding practices: -
    • Set a good example by eating nutritious foods and well-balanced meals
    • Talk about food in a positive way
    • Guide a child’s eating
    • Determine what, where and when a child eats
    • Let the child decide how much to eat and whether to eat
  7. The best way to help your child develop healthy eating habits is to eat well yourself.
  8. Answer:True. Take a look at how you eat and what foods are available in your house. Mothers who eat fruits and vegetables are more likely to have children who eat fruits and vegetables. Mothers who diet or binge-eat are more likely to have children who are less able to eat instinctively according to calorie needs.
  9. All children need the same amount of calories.
  10. Answer:False.No two children are exactly the same. Smaller children may eat less and larger children may eat more food. A good rule of thumb to follow:
    • 1 to less than 2 years old: 1150 calories
    • 2 to less than 3 years old: 1350 calories
    • 3 to less than 5 years old: 1550 calories
    • 5 to less than 7 years old: 1850 calories (for boys), 1740 calories (for girls)
    • 7 to less than 10 years old: 2100 calories (for boys), 1800 calories (for girls)
    • 10 to less than 12 years old: 2200 calories (for boys), 1950 calories (for girls)

    Source: Singapore Recommended Daily Dietary Allowance (RDDA) for Energy accessed from Health Promotion Board website
    http://www.hpb.gov.sg/foodforhealth/article.aspx?id=2652
  11. Infants should be fed when hungry. However, as children grow older, they need to eat every:



  12. Answer: C. Every 3 to 4 hours. Having set meal and snack times for toddlers helps them to understand hunger and fullness. Three meals and two snacks a day with nothing but water in between, is a good goal.
  13. Children should be pressured to finish all of the fruits and vegetables on their plate.
  14. Answer: False.Children tend to eat less when they are pressured and learn to dislike foods that they are pressured to eat.
  15. Rewarding your child with foods they like is a great way to get them to finish the food you want them to eat.
  16. Answer: False. By using foods your child likes as a reward, they learn that the food you are serving them is bad and that they must eat it in order to get something good.