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Dietary associations of fathers and their children between the ages of 20 months and 5 years

Walsh, Adam D., Cameron, Adrian J., Crawford, David, Hesketh, Kylie D. and Campbell, Karen J. 2016, Dietary associations of fathers and their children between the ages of 20 months and 5 years, Public health nutrition, vol. 19, no. 11, pp. 2033-2039, doi: 10.1017/S136898001600077X.

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Title Dietary associations of fathers and their children between the ages of 20 months and 5 years
Author(s) Walsh, Adam D.
Cameron, Adrian J.
Crawford, DavidORCID iD for Crawford, David orcid.org/0000-0002-2467-7556
Hesketh, Kylie D.
Campbell, Karen J.ORCID iD for Campbell, Karen J. orcid.org/0000-0002-4499-3396
Journal name Public health nutrition
Volume number 19
Issue number 11
Start page 2033
End page 2039
Total pages 7
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1368-9800
1475-2727
Keyword(s) fathers
diet
sugar-sweetened beverages
young children
Summary OBJECTIVE: To examine associations between dietary intakes of fathers and their children at child age 20 months, 3·5 years and 5 years, and to determine if fathers' intake predicts change in children's intake between 20 months and 3·5 and 5 years of age.

DESIGN: The diets of fathers and their first-born children participating in the longitudinal Melbourne Infant Feeding Activity and Nutrition Trial (InFANT) Program were assessed using FFQ and three 24 h recalls, respectively.

SETTING: Sixty-two pre-existing first-time parent groups were selected from fourteen local government areas within a 60 km radius of Deakin University Burwood, Victoria, Australia.

SUBJECTS: Fathers and their first-born children at 20 months (n 317), 3·5 years (n 214) and 5 years of age (n 208).

RESULTS: Positive associations were found between fathers' and children's intakes of fruit and sweet snacks at 20 months (P=0·001) and 5 years of age (P=0·012). Fathers' intake at child age 20 months was associated with change in children's intake for fruit, sweet snacks and sugar-sweetened beverages between child age 20 months and 3·5 years, and for sweet snacks and sugar-sweetened beverages between child age 20 months and 5 years (all P<0·05). After adjustment for maternal intake, fathers' intake of sweet snacks remained a predictor of change in children's sweet snack intake between 20 months and 3·5 years of age (P=0·03).

CONCLUSIONS: Associations between the dietary intakes of fathers and their children commence at a young age and continue through early childhood. Fathers should be included in future interventions aimed at improving children's diets.
Language eng
DOI 10.1017/S136898001600077X
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID NHMRC 425801
NHMRC 1008879
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083109

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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