GC: n

S: FAO – http://www.fao.org/docrep/019/i3481e/i3481e.pdf (last access: 1 January 2016); WHO – http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/complementary_feeding/en/ (last access: 1 January 2016).

N: 1. “Act of taking food,” Old English feding, verbal noun from feed (v.). Feeding frenzy is from 1989, metaphoric extension of a phrase that had been used of sharks since 1950s.
2. Three meanings:

  • the act of a person or thing that feeds.
  • an instance of eating or of taking or being given nourishment.
  • grazing land.

3. A child’s first 2 or 3 years of life are the most crucial for normal physical and mental development. Nevertheless, current feeding practices in some countries may be doing more harm than good to the development of young children.
Children under 3 years of age are vulnerable to poor nutrition; the growth rate during this period is greater than at any other time, and there thus exists an increased risk of growth retardation. Also, the immunological system is not fully mature at this age, resulting in a risk of frequent and severe infections.
Both cognitive and emotional potentials start to develop early, and so the foundations of intellectual, social and emotional competencies are also established during this period. In summary, poor nutrition during the early years leads to profound defects including delayed motor and cognitive development, behavioural problems, deficient social skills, a reduced attention span, learning deficiencies and lower educational achievement.

S: 1. OED – http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=feeding&allowed_in_frame=0 (last access: 1 January 2016). 2. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/feeding (last access: 1 January 2016). 3. data/assets/pdf_file/0004/98302/WS_115_2000FE.pdf”>http://www.euro.who.int/data/assets/pdf_file/0004/98302/WS_115_2000FE.pdf (last access: 1 January 2016).

SYN: nourishment

S: GDT – http://www.granddictionnaire.com/ficheOqlf.aspx?Id_Fiche=8365739 (last access: 1 January 2016)

CR: alimentary, processed food, vegetarianism.