Gabrielle Palmer's groundbreaking book The Politics of Breastfeeding highlighted the controversies surrounding the aggressive promotion of breast milk substitutes. She now turns her attention to complementary feeding - the first foods that a child eats besides milk. For most of human existence, children went without industrially processed foods and branded food products. Can we applaud the progress of the way children are fed today? In our unequal world one billion people risk their health through overconsumption while two billion people are hungry. The health problems of both groups start in early childhood. The power and influence of the food industry has increased dramatically in recent decades. Seductive and often unethical modern marketing methods have led to the promotion of unsuitable, unnecessary and sometimes harmful baby foods. Yet not all industrially processed foods are bad and not all 'natural' foods are good. Both poor and rich children may be inappropriately fed. What lessons can we learn from history? How do cultural and religious beliefs influence the choice of food? Can government initiatives have any effect? How can we provide good nutrition for all infants?
This brief, compassionate and thought-provoking new book will be of interest to anyone who is curious about the world, its children and their nutrition, and will stimulate discussion and debate as part of the campaign to create a world where health for all is a true goal.
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Palmer does it again!!
Written in the same style as 'The Politics of Breastfeeding' Gabrielle Palmer takes a controversial topic and unfolds it. Palmer reveals the influence of the food industry giants and governments on the food that we give to our children and the relation to the modern day obesity/undernourishment that many children suffer from despite living in a developed nation. She draws comparisons with the children in the developing world and invokes questions with regards to why in this day and age one may feel the need to seek out food gurus instead of going back to basics. A riveting read, Palmer does it again!
This is such a clear picture of the problems the world is facing. Everyone needs to read it! However, in my opinion there is one omission which I'd like to see included in the next edition. There appears to be no mention of the West's common use of the worst ingredients for children's food (eg mechanically recovered and processed meat). This includes most restaurant/cafe children's menu items. Instead of smaller portions of adult meals with appropriate modifications (which could also be useful for the elderly and infirm), they are usually confined to the above highly processed stuff, eg chicken nuggets, sausages, chips).