Presentation on the healthy and unhealthy aspects of diet quality in US preschool-aged children Event as iCalendar

20 April 2016

5:30 - 7:30pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 505-028, Medical School, Grafton Campus, University of Auckland

Location: University of Auckland.

Host: Auckland Nutrition Network

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Sarah E Anderson
Sarah E Anderson

The concept of diet quality is used frequently within nutrition research.

Most diet quality indices combine healthy and unhealthy aspects of diet into a single diet quality construct, and there is a large research literature describing predictors of diet quality. However, scant empirical research has evaluated the implied assumption that intakes of healthy foods correlate inversely with intakes of unhealthy foods.

This presentation will describe results from analyses of >8900 preschool-aged children in the United States to examine the relationship between children’s intake of healthy and unhealthy foods.

A modified food frequency questionnaire was used to assess children’s past week intake of fruits, vegetables, milk, sugar-sweetened beverages, fast foods, sweets, and salty snacks. The presentation will encourage discussion of implications for nutrition communication, research and practice.