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Mother’s Fruit Preferences and Consumption Support Similar Attitudes and Behaviors in Their Children

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Department of Dietetics, Faculty of Human Nutrition and Consumer Sciences, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW-WULS), 159C Nowoursynowska Street, 02-787 Warsaw, Poland
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Department of Organization and Consumption Economics, Faculty of Human Nutrition and Consumer Sciences, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW-WULS), 159C Nowoursynowska Street, 02-787 Warsaw, Poland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(12), 2833; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15122833
Received: 19 November 2018 / Revised: 4 December 2018 / Accepted: 10 December 2018 / Published: 12 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Parenting and Offspring Health and Well-Being)
Insufficient fruit intake is observed worldwide despite the generally higher preference for consumption of fruits than vegetables. For children, the determinants of consumption, such as at-home accessibility and parental consumption patterns, may especially influence fruit intake. The aim of this study was to analyze the association between fruit consumption behaviors and the preferences of mothers and their declared behaviors and preferences of children. The study was conducted in national samples of Polish (n = 1200) and Romanian (n = 1157) mothers of children aged 3–10 years (random quota sampling; quotas: age, education and place of residence) by using Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI). Mothers were asked about their general frequency of fruit consumption and their and their children’s most preferred fruits. A 24-h dietary recall of fruit intake was conducted for mothers and children. Significant associations were observed for (1) fruit consumption behaviors of mothers and children, (2) fruit consumption preferences of mothers and their declared preferences of their children, and (3) fruit consumption preferences of mothers and behaviors of their children. The associations were very strong for all fruits, both for Polish and Romanian samples. In order to increase the fruit intake of children, it is necessary to influence the fruit consumption preferences and behaviors of mothers. View Full-Text
Keywords: fruit intake; fruit consumption behaviors; choice; preferences; mothers; children fruit intake; fruit consumption behaviors; choice; preferences; mothers; children
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Groele, B.; Głąbska, D.; Gutkowska, K.; Guzek, D. Mother’s Fruit Preferences and Consumption Support Similar Attitudes and Behaviors in Their Children. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2833.

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