Dietary behaviors and growth-development

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.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

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.

METHODS:

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.

RESULTS:

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.

CONCLUSION:

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.

 

Source School of Public Health, Central South University, Changsha 410008, China.

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