Executive cognitive function as a correlate and predictor of child food intake and physical activity.

Auteur(s) :
Spruijt-Metz D., Pentz MA., Riggs NR., Chou CP.
Date :
Juin, 2010
Source(s) :
Adresse :
University of Southern California, Alhambra, CA 91803, USA. nriggs@usc.edu

Sommaire de l'article

Investigated were relations among executive cognitive function (ECF), food intake, and physical activity in 184, fourth grade children. It was hypothesized that self-reported ECF proficiency would predict greater self-reported fruit/vegetable intake and physical activity, but less « snack food » intake. Structural models demonstrated that ECF was significantly correlated with less concurrent snack food intake and greater concurrent fruit/vegetable intake, but not physical activity. Baseline ECF also significantly predicted greater fruit/vegetable intake and physical activity four months later, but not snack food intake. One implication is to promote ECF as a correlate and predictor of food intake and physical activity in children by providing opportunities for youth to practice newly developing ECF capacities.

Source : Pubmed