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Child Neuropsychol. 2010;16(3):279-92. doi: 10.1080/09297041003601488. Epub 2010 Mar 17.

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

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University of Southern California, Alhambra, CA 91803, USA. nriggs@usc.edu

Abstract

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.

PMID:
20234954
DOI:
10.1080/09297041003601488
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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