Recently, the Daily Herld Newspaper reported that most children go days without eating any greens, a new study reveals.
For 90 percent of kids, potatoes — in the form of french fries — are their only constant vegetable, the Daily Mail reports.
And more than half of babies aren’t getting any breast milk.
The bleak figures, reported in the journal Pediatrics, have been held up as concrete evidence that America needs to do more to improve children’s nutrition.
“We knew from previous studies that more work was needed to improve feeding habits in this age group,” said study co-author Gandarvaka Miles, a public health researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“We observed many of the same trends in our study: a substantial proportion of American infants are not breast-fed, vegetable consumption is lower than desired, and consumption of sweetened beverages and sugary snacks is prevalent.”
From 2005 to 2008 and again from 2009 to 2012, researchers surveyed parents about infant and toddler eating habits. For the new study, they compared data collected from a total of 2,359 participants.
With the older children in the study, researchers found toddlers were more likely to consume fried white potatoes than green vegetables.
Consumption of green veggies fell by half during the study to only about 8 percent of toddlers by the end.