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Children’s Intake of Food from Non-Fast-Food Outlets and Child-Specific Menus: A Survey of Parents

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Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales 2308, Australia
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Hunter New England Population Health, Wallsend, New South Wales 2287, Australia
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School of Environmental and Life Science, Faculty of Science, University of Newcastle, Ourimbah, New South Wales 2258, Australia
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Children 2019, 6(11), 123; https://doi.org/10.3390/children6110123
Received: 6 September 2019 / Revised: 25 September 2019 / Accepted: 16 October 2019 / Published: 1 November 2019
Eating out-of-home is associated with higher energy intakes in children. The continued high prevalence of childhood obesity requires a greater understanding of child menu options and eating out frequency to inform appropriate regulatory initiatives. The majority of studies to date have focused on menus from fast-food outlets with few focused on non-fast-food outlets. This study aimed to describe parents’ reports of their child(ren)’s (aged up to 6 years) frequency of consuming foods at non-fast-food outlets, observations of child menus at these outlets, and their purchasing behaviours and future preferences regarding these menus; and if their responses were influenced by sociodemographic characteristics. Ninety-five parents completed a 15-item cross-sectional survey. Overall, children from 54% of families consumed food from non-fast-food outlets at least monthly. Of the 87 parents who reported that their child eats at a non-fast-food restaurant, 71 had children who ordered from child menus every time (7%, n = 5), often (29%, n = 22), sometimes (42%, n = 32) or rarely (16%, n = 12), with a further 7% (n = 5) never ordering from these menus. All parents indicated that they would like to see a higher proportion of healthy child menu items than is currently offered. Parents’ responses were not influenced by sociodemographic characteristics. Parents’ views support implementation of initiatives to increase availability of healthy options on child menus at non-fast-food outlets. View Full-Text
Keywords: childhood obesity; food environment; child menu; preschool; non-fast-food outlets childhood obesity; food environment; child menu; preschool; non-fast-food outlets
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Chai, L.K.; Yoong, S.L.; Bucher, T.; Collins, C.E.; Shrewsbury, V.A. Children’s Intake of Food from Non-Fast-Food Outlets and Child-Specific Menus: A Survey of Parents. Children 2019, 6, 123.

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