Annales 77.1 - Early-Life Contributors to Child Well-Being

Editor(s): John F. Helliwell, Martin G. Codagnone, Catherine Stanton, Siobhain M. O'Mahony, Timothy G. Dinan, John F. Cryan, Lynne Allison Daniels, Mark D. Holder.

Happiness is a feeling of well-being, joy, or contentment and to occur there has to be a balance between positive experiences and some which are less positive. The title of this volume reflects an umbrella that covers important issues that relate the human body and well-being to nutrition. Maternal factors, feeding practices and healthy food choices contribute to optimal physical and cognitive development and support child well-being.

Articles

Determinants of Well-Being and Their Implications for Health Care

Author(s): John F. Helliwell

Research on well-being has revealed the importance of the social context of people’s lives as a key determinant of health and happiness. Happiness is related to quality of life, and health-related quality of life has become a major area of research evaluating the impact of illnesses and therapies. The ultimate goal of preventive health care and medicine is to achieve the highest quality of life, which in turn could lead to the sense of happiness.

Microbiota and Neurodevelopmental Trajectories - Role of Maternal and Early-Life Nutrition

Author(s): Martin G. Codagnone, Catherine Stanton, Siobhain M. O'Mahony, Timothy G. Dinan, John F. Cryan

The connection between the brain and the gastrointestinal tract has been extensively studied, but the existence of a bidirectional microbiota-gut-brain axis has gained

substantial attention in the last decade. Variations in microbiota composition have been linked to neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism, stress, anxiety, and major depressive disorder. That microbiota can influence well-being is quite an amazing proposition.

Feeding Practices and Parenting: A Pathway to Child Health and Family Happiness

Author(s): Lynne Allison Daniels

The complex bidirectional interactions between parent feeding practices and child eating behavior shape the early feeding environment, which in turn interacts with genetic predispositions to lay the foundation for life-long eating habits and health outcomes. Parent feeding and child (and parent) eating are central to the fabric of family life and are strongly rooted in culture and tradition. Eating is intrinsically linked to good feelings, and it is difficult to believe that a family can be happy if their child has abnormal feeding behaviors

The Contribution of Food Consumption to Well-Being

Author(s): Mark D. Holder

Higher well-being is associated with many health benefits, including improved immune function, better personal relationships and career success, and increased longevity. Food consumption can enhance well-being. In particular, there is a consistent correlation between the consumption of fruits and vegetables and well-being. However, it is not only the quantity and quality of food consumed that influence positive mood and well-being but also the manner and conditions under which the food is eaten.