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Economic Constraints on Children's Taste Formation and the True Cost of Healthy Eating

with Caitlin Daniel


Caitlin Daniel, PhD candidate in Sociology, Harvard University, presents Economic Constraints on Children's Tastes Formation and the True Cost of Healthy Eating.

During this 39-minute audio-visual cyber-presentation, Caitlin Daniel discusses how economic constraints faced by families shape opportunities for their children's taste acquisition. Children are often wary of unfamiliar foods (neophobic). Repeated exposures to a food item as well as exposure to a wide variety of foods lead to a greater willingness to try unfamiliar items and an increased likelihood of acceptance. In this process, children's food rejection creates waste which contributes to the hidden cost of feeding children. In her study, Daniel interviewed white, black, and biracial primary caregivers grouped by low-, moderate-, or high-income levels about their food buying choices and observed their grocery shopping habits. She discusses the implications her findings have on children's health, food cost, and policy and programming.



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After viewing the presentation you should have:

  • Greater awareness about how families' economic constraints can shape their children's taste acquisition.
  • Knowledge about the differences in food buying choices between low-, moderate-, and high-income caregivers.
  • Better understanding about the implications of families' economic constraints on children's health, food cost, and policy and programming.








Date Created: 1/29/17
Last Updated: 2/13/17


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