Family Meals and Diet Quality Among Children and Adolescents in North Carolina.

Auteur(s) :
Fink SK., Racine EF., Mueffelmann RE., Dean MN., Herman-Smith R.
Date :
Juin, 2014
Source(s) :
J Nutr Educ Behav.. #46:5 p418-22
Adresse :
Department of Public Health Sciences, College of Health and Human Services, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC. Electronic address:

Sommaire de l'article


To examine the relationship between diet quality and frequency of family meals throughout childhood and adolescence.


Cross-sectional study of children ages birth through 17 years (n = 1,992) using data from the 2010 North Carolina Child Health and Monitoring Program. Multiple logistic regression was used to estimate the associations between family meals and fruit intake, vegetable intake, and sugar-sweetened beverage intake among younger children, older children, and adolescents.


In adjusted analyses, participating in ≥ 5 family meals/wk was associated with less sugar-sweetened beverage intake among younger (OR 2.04; CI 1.06-3.93) and older children (OR 2.12; 95% CI 1.27-3.55), greater vegetable intake among older children (OR 1.87; 95% CI 1.08-3.24) and adolescents (OR 1.81; 95% CI 1.14-2.88), and greater fruit intake among adolescents (OR 2.11; 95% CI 1.40-3.19).


Strategies to encourage families to establish regular family meals early in life and continue them throughout childhood and adolescence is warranted.


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