Socio-economic and demographic variations in school lunch participation of French children aged 3-17 years

Dubuisson, Carine, Lioret, Sandrine, Dufour, Ariane, Calamassi-Tran, Gloria, Volatier, Jean-Luc, Lafay, Lionel and Turck, Dominique 2011, Socio-economic and demographic variations in school lunch participation of French children aged 3-17 years, Public health nutrition, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 227-238, doi: 10.1017/S1368980010002144.

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Title Socio-economic and demographic variations in school lunch participation of French children aged 3-17 years
Author(s) Dubuisson, Carine
Lioret, Sandrine
Dufour, Ariane
Calamassi-Tran, Gloria
Volatier, Jean-Luc
Lafay, Lionel
Turck, Dominique
Journal name Public health nutrition
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Start page 227
End page 238
Total pages 12
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1368-9800
Keyword(s) school lunch
Summary Objective: To assess school canteen attendance in a French nationally representative sample of children and to analyse its association with the socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of the children and their families.
Design: Data from the second French national cross-sectional food consumption survey (INCA2), performed in 2006–2007, were used. Information on usual weekly school canteen attendance was collected through a self-reported questionnaire, and demographic and socio-economic variables through a face-to-face questionnaire. The associations between school canteen attendance and the socio-economic and demographic variables were investigated by multivariate logistic regression analyses.
Setting: The INCA2 sample was representative of the children aged 3–17 years in France.
Subject: Analysis was performed on 1413 schoolchildren who completed the school canteen attendance questions.
Results: Some 65?6% of schoolchildren aged 3–17 years had school lunch at least once weekly. This rate of attendance was positively correlated with age. Whatever the school level, school canteen attendance was positively associated with the educational level of the caregiver/parent. In pre- and elementary-school children, enrolment at the school canteen was also higher when the caregiver/parent worked, or in single-parent families. In secondary-school children, school lunch participation decreased with children living in more densely populated areas and increased with the level of the household’s living standards.
Conclusions: School canteen attendance was positively associated with children’s socio-economic background. This could reduce the effectiveness of the forthcoming school meal composition regulations designed to improve the diet of children from deprived backgrounds, who are more likely to have unhealthy food habits.
Language eng
DOI 10.1017/S1368980010002144
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2010
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