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‘Big, strong and healthy’. Young children’s identification of food anddrink that contribute to healthy growth

Tatlow-Golden, Mimi, Hennessy, Eilis, Dean, Moira and Hollywood, Lynsey (2013) ‘Big, strong and healthy’. Young children’s identification of food anddrink that contribute to healthy growth. APPETITE, 71 (1). pp. 163-170. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2013.08.007

DOI: doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2013.08.007

Abstract

development of children’s understanding of food and drink. This study aimed to document young children’s evaluation of food and drink as healthy, and to explore relationships with socioeconomic status, family eating habits, and children’s television viewing. Data were gathered from children aged 3–5 years (n = 172) in diverse socioeconomic settings in Ireland, and from their parents. Results demonstrated that children had very high levels of ability to identify healthy foods as important for growth and health, but considerably less ability to reject unhealthy items, although knowledge of these increased significantlybetween ages 3 and 5. Awareness of which foods were healthy, and which foods were not, was not related to family socioeconomic status, parent or child home eating habits, or children’s television viewing. Results highlighted the importance of examining young children’s response patterns, as many of the youngest showed a consistent ‘yes bias’; however, after excluding these responses, the significant findings remained. Findings suggest it is important to teach children about less healthy foods in the preschool years.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Ulster Business School
ID Code:29217
Deposited By: Dr Lynsey Hollywood
Deposited On:10 Apr 2014 08:22
Last Modified:10 Apr 2014 08:22

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