One of our more persistent beliefs is that New Zealand children have the best health standards in the world. But now, on all sides, evidence is accumulating that conditions for children and infants in this country are no longer what we would want them to be. One of the factors that seems to be critical is the nutritional aspect: the kinds and amount of food that our children eat. Dr Tom Fitzgerald, an educational anthropologist from the University of North Carolina, recently visited New Zealand to study the eating habits of New Zealand, particularly Polynesian, school children. For set he reports on what he found.