Dietary habits and children's family lives

Sweeting, H. and West, P. (2005) Dietary habits and children's family lives. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 18(2), pp. 93-97. (doi: 10.1111/j.1365-277X.2005.00592.x)



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Purpose : To investigate associations between 'less healthy eating' and 'unhealthy snacking' at age 11, and family life (family structure, meals and maternal employment status) together with potential socio-economic confounders and gender. Methods : Children participated in a school-based survey, questionnaires also being completed by parents. Analyses were based on those with complete data, weighted to account for bias in return of parental questionnaires (N = 2146). Data from a dietary inventory, questions on food choice and snacks were used to classify 'less healthy eating' and 'unhealthy snacking'. Results : 'Less healthy eating' (57%) and 'unhealthy snacking' (32%) were associated with greater deprivation, fewer maternal qualifications and being male. Compared with children of full-time homemakers, the likelihood of 'less healthy eating' was reduced among those whose mothers worked part-time (this effect remaining after socio-economic adjustment), full-time (effect removed after adjustment), or were unemployed, sick or disabled (effect emerging after adjustment). 'Unhealthy snacking' was not related to maternal employment, and neither measure was associated with family structure or daily meals. Conclusions : There was no evidence that family structure or meals were associated with children's diets, although maternal employment had a positive association. Contrasting with the size of these effects, relationships between diet and socio-economic status were strong.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This is an electronic version of an Article published in [Sweeting, H. and West, P. (2005) Dietary habits and children's family lives. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 18(2):pp. 93-97].
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sweeting, Dr Helen
Authors: Sweeting, H., and West, P.
Subjects:R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Centre for Population and Health Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics
Publisher:Blackwell Publishing
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2005 The British Dietetic Association Ltd
First Published:First published in Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 18(2):93-97
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