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‘Big, strong and healthy’. Young children’s identification of food and drink that contribute to healthy growth

Tatlow-Golden, Mimi; Hennessy, Eilis; Dean, Moira and Hollywood, Lynsey (2013). ‘Big, strong and healthy’. Young children’s identification of food and drink that contribute to healthy growth. Appetite, 71 pp. 163–170.

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Abstract

Growing awareness of the importance of healthy diet in early childhood makes it important to chart the development of children’s understanding of food and drink. This study aimed to document young chil- dren’s evaluation of food and drink as healthy, and to explore relationships with socioeconomic status, family eating habits, and children’s television viewing. Data were gathered from children aged 3–5 years (n = 172) in diverse socioeconomic settings in Ireland, and from their parents. Results demonstrated that children had very high levels of ability to identify healthy foods as important for growth and health, but considerably less ability to reject unhealthy items, although knowledge of these increased significantly between ages 3 and 5. Awareness of which foods were healthy, and which foods were not, was not related to family socioeconomic status, parent or child home eating habits, or children’s television viewing. Results highlighted the importance of examining young children’s response patterns, as many of the youngest showed a consistent ‘yes bias’; however, after excluding these responses, the significant findings remained. Findings suggest it is important to teach children about less healthy foods in the preschool years.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0195-6663
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Food Marketing and the Preschool ChildFund No. [09-2010]SAFEFOOD Safefood: the Food Safety Authority for Ireland and Northern Ireland
Keywords: young children; preschool; healthy food; Yes Bias; parents; television
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Childhood, Youth and Sport > Childhood and Youth
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Childhood Youth and Sport Group (CYSG)
Item ID: 55645
Depositing User: Mimi Tatlow-Golden
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2018 14:08
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2018 05:39
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/55645
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