Wei Sheng Yan Jiu. 2013 May;42(3):375-80.
Relationship between dietary behaviors and growth-development of 1-7 years old children from seven provinces in Chinese rural areas
Zhang H, Luo M, Wang Z, Luo J, Shi Y.
To explore the status of dietary behaviors of 1-7 years old children and its relationship with growth-development in Chinese rural areas and to provide 13,692 1-7 years old scientific evidences for corresponding intervention.
children from seven provinces in Chinese rural areas were randomly identified by multistage stratified cluster sampling. The ascertainment methods included face to face questionnaires and anthropometric measurements. Chi-square test and non-conditional logistic regression analysis were used to assess the relationship between dietary behaviors and growth-development.
Among the respondents, 53.1% occasionally/never drank milk/soymilk, 48.1% ate snacks almost everyday, 22.5% were picky eaters, 7.3% were breakfast-skippers, 1.9% couldn’t dine on time. Multivariate nonconditional logistic regression analysis showed that occasionally/never have breakfast, occasionally/never drink milk or soymilk, occasionally/never eat snacks were associated with stunting. Occasionally/never have breakfast or eat snacks were associated with underweight. The five dietary behaviors were not associated with wasting, overweight and obesity in our study.
The incidence of children’s poor dietary behaviors was relatively high in Chinese rural areas, which had a close association with children stunting and underweight.