Executive cognitive function and food intake in children.

Auteur(s) :
Spruijt-Metz D., Aaltonen J., Riggs NR.
Date :
Août, 2010
Source(s) :
Adresse :
Institute for Prevention Research, University of Southern California, Alhambra, CA.

Sommaire de l'article

OBJECTIVE: The current study investigated relations among neurocognitive skills important for behavioral regulation, and the intake of fruit, vegetables, and snack food in children.

DESIGN: Participants completed surveys at a single time point.

SETTING: Assessments took place during school.

PARTICIPANTS: Participants were 107 fourth-grade children from a large US city. Ninety-one percent were Latino, and 4% were African-American, which represented school ethnic distribution.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Independent variable included was self-reported executive cognitive function (ECF). Dependent variables included self-reported fruit, vegetable, and snack food intake.

ANALYSES: Primary analyses general linear regression models covarying for appropriate demographic variables.

RESULTS: Analyses demonstrated that ECF proficiency was negatively related to snack food intake, but was not significantly related to fruit and vegetable intake.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Since ECF is correlated with snack food intake, future studies may consider assessing the potential of enhancing ECF in health promotion interventions.

Source : Pubmed