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Ecol Food Nutr. 2010 Jul-Aug;49(4):247-61. doi: 10.1080/03670244.2010.491049.

Chinese children at a crossroads: influence of family socioeconomic factors on diet patterns.

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Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China.


This pilot study explores the roles of family socioeconomic status (SES) in influencing dietary consumption patterns in 60 Chinese elementary school-aged children (ages 6-11) in Chengdu, China. Two interviewer-administered questionnaires were specially developed to gather sociodemographic and food frequency data. Children from low SES families consumed rice and traditional staples, and high calcium drinks more frequently, and western fast food less frequently than children from higher SES families. After controlling for family SES, children who were primarily cared for by their mothers or grandparents consumed less healthy snacks less frequently than children who were primarily cared for by other adults (including fathers).

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