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Children’s Consumption Patterns and Their Parent’s Perception of a Healthy Diet

College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
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Nutrients 2020, 12(8), 2322; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12082322
Received: 1 July 2020 / Revised: 28 July 2020 / Accepted: 29 July 2020 / Published: 3 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Nutrition and Public Health)
This study aims to examine children’s fruit, vegetable, and added sugar consumption relative to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the American Heart Association’s recommendations, as well as to compare children’s reported consumption with parental perception of the child’s overall diet quality. Data were drawn from 2 independent, cross sectional panels (2009–10 and 2014–15) of the New Jersey Child Health Study. The analytical sample included 2229 households located in five New Jersey cities. Daily consumption of fruit (cups), vegetables (cups), and added sugars (teaspoons) for all children (3–18 years old) were based on parent reports. Multivariate linear regression analyses estimated children’s adjusted fruit, vegetable, and added sugar consumption across parents’ perception categories (Disagree; Somewhat Agree; and Strongly Agree that their child eats healthy). Although only a small proportion of children meet recommendations, the majority of parents strongly agreed that their child ate healthy. Nonetheless, significant differences, in the expected direction, were observed in vegetable and fruit consumption (but not sugar) across parental perceptional categories for most age/sex groups. Dietary interventions tailored to parents should include specific quantity and serving-size information for fruit and vegetable recommendations, based on their child’s age/sex, and highlight sources of added sugar and their sugar content. View Full-Text
Keywords: fruit consumption; vegetable consumption; added sugar intake; children and adolescents; dietary guidelines; parental perception of the healthfulness of their child’s diet fruit consumption; vegetable consumption; added sugar intake; children and adolescents; dietary guidelines; parental perception of the healthfulness of their child’s diet
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Eliason, J.; Acciai, F.; DeWeese, R.S.; Vega-López, S.; Ohri-Vachaspati, P. Children’s Consumption Patterns and Their Parent’s Perception of a Healthy Diet. Nutrients 2020, 12, 2322.

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