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Preferences for Sweet and Fatty Taste in Children and Their Mothers in Association with Weight Status

Medical College of Rzeszów University, 35-959 Rzeszow, Poland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(2), 538; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17020538
Received: 12 November 2019 / Revised: 2 January 2020 / Accepted: 10 January 2020 / Published: 15 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Children's Health)
Strong preferences for sweet and fat tastes (characters) are associated with the consumption of foods high in calories. The taste preferences, especially the sweet and fat tastes (characters), might be one of the factors predisposing children to become overweight and/or develop obesity. The aim of the study is to assess taste preferences in children and their mothers in association with their weight status. In the study, 150 children aged 8–15 were included; among them, 75 had overweight and/or obesity, and 150 mothers of whom 69 were overweight and/or obese. Body composition estimates were obtained using a bioelectrical impedance analysis-body height was measured using a stadiometerSeca 213. Sensory tests were carried out using apple juice of various sugar content and crackers of various fat content. Results show that children prefer a sweet taste more often than their mothers (50.0% vs. 35.3%, p = 0.009). In the group of children who preferred the high-sweet taste, there were twice as many obese children when compared to the group who preferred the low-sweet taste. Similar relationships applied to mothers. Preferences for fat taste (character) among mothers increased the risk of obesity among their children (39% vs. 20%; p = 0.039). Taste preferences, especially a sweet taste preference, seem to be one of the important factors determining overweight and obesity in children and adults. The fat taste(character) preferences in mothers correlate with the overweight and/or obesity of their children, while such preferences among children were not significantly different irrespective of body weight status. View Full-Text
Keywords: dietary patterns; food preference; overweight and obesity; sensory perception dietary patterns; food preference; overweight and obesity; sensory perception
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Sobek, G.; Łuszczki, E.; Dąbrowski, M.; Dereń, K.; Baran, J.; Weres, A.; Mazur, A. Preferences for Sweet and Fatty Taste in Children and Their Mothers in Association with Weight Status. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 538.

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