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J Nutr Educ Behav. 2008 Mar-Apr;40(2):72-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2007.04.178.

At-home and away-from-home eating patterns influencing preadolescents' intake of calcium-rich food as perceived by Asian, Hispanic and Non-Hispanic white parents.

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  • 1Oregon State University, Nutrition and Food Management, Corvallis, Oregon 97331-3302, USA. cluskeym@oregonstate.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To explore at-home and away-from-home eating patterns influencing Asian, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic white preadolescents' intake of calcium-rich food from a parental perspective.

DESIGN:

Individual semistructured interviews.

SETTING:

Home or community site.

PARTICIPANTS:

Convenience sample (n = 201) of self-reported Asian (n = 54), Hispanic (n=57), and non-Hispanic white (n = 90) parents of 10- to 13-year-old children recruited from community youth programs.

PHENOMENON OF INTEREST:

Description of at-home and away-from-home family eating patterns.

ANALYSIS:

NVivo software to code and sort transcript segments, qualitative data analysis procedures.

RESULTS:

Participants from all groups shared common at-home and away-from-home meal patterns. A lack of time often resulted in negative factors that impacted intake of calcium-rich food and beverages including breakfast on the run, fewer home-prepared or shared family meals, and more frequent meals eaten away from home. Asian and Hispanic parents indicated eating out less frequently than non-Hispanic white parents. Parents from all groups lacked expectations for their child to drink calcium-rich beverages with meals.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS:

Practical strategies are needed to facilitate intake of calcium-rich food and beverages through more frequent family meals at home and parental expectations for children's intake of calcium-rich beverages with meals.

PMID:
18314082
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