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Associations between dietary intakes of first-time fathers and their 20-month-old children are moderated by fathers' BMI, education and age

Walsh, Adam D., Cameron, Adrian J., Hesketh, Kylie D., Crawford, David and Campbell, Karen J. 2015, Associations between dietary intakes of first-time fathers and their 20-month-old children are moderated by fathers' BMI, education and age, British journal of nutrition, vol. 114, no. 06, pp. 988-994, doi: 10.1017/S0007114515002755.

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Title Associations between dietary intakes of first-time fathers and their 20-month-old children are moderated by fathers' BMI, education and age
Author(s) Walsh, Adam D.ORCID iD for Walsh, Adam D. orcid.org/0000-0001-9805-6659
Cameron, Adrian J.ORCID iD for Cameron, Adrian J. orcid.org/0000-0002-0568-5497
Hesketh, Kylie D.ORCID iD for Hesketh, Kylie D. orcid.org/0000-0002-2702-7110
Crawford, DavidORCID iD for Crawford, David orcid.org/0000-0002-2467-7556
Campbell, Karen J.ORCID iD for Campbell, Karen J. orcid.org/0000-0002-4499-3396
Journal name British journal of nutrition
Volume number 114
Issue number 06
Start page 988
End page 994
Total pages 7
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, Eng.
Publication date 2015-09-28
ISSN 1475-2662
Keyword(s) SEP socio-economic position
Diets
Fathers
Moderation effects
Young children
Summary Children's learning about food is considerable during their formative years, with parental influence being pivotal. Research has focused predominantly on maternal influences, with little known about the relationships between fathers' and children's diets. Greater understanding of this relationship is necessary for the design of appropriate interventions. The aim of this study was to investigate the associations between the diets of fathers and their children and the moderating effects of fathers' BMI, education and age on these associations. The diets of fathers and their first-born children (n 317) in the Melbourne Infant Feeding Activity and Nutrition Trial (InFANT) Program were assessed using an FFQ and 3×24-h recalls, respectively. The InFANT Program is a cluster-randomised controlled trial in the setting of first-time parents groups in Victoria, Australia. Associations between father and child fruit, vegetable, non-core food and non-core drink intakes were assessed using linear regression. The extent to which these associations were mediated by maternal intake was tested. Moderation of associations by paternal BMI, education and age was assessed. Positive associations were found between fathers' and children's intake of fruit, sweet snacks and take-away foods. Paternal BMI, education and age moderated the relationships found for the intakes of fruit (BMI), vegetables (age), savoury snacks (BMI and education) and take-away foods (BMI and education). Our findings suggest that associations exist at a young age and are moderated by paternal BMI, education and age. This study highlights the importance of fathers in modelling healthy diets for their children.
Language eng
DOI 10.1017/S0007114515002755
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920411
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Cambridge University Press
Free to Read? Yes
Free to Read Start Date 2016-09-29
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30075762

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