A Child's Viewpoint: Determinants of Food Choice and Definition of Health in Low-Income 8- to 13-Year-Old Children in Urban Minnesota Communities

Lindsay A. Heidelberger, Chery Smith

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Abstract

Pediatric obesity is a major public health concern. To investigate factors that influence children's dietary habits and beliefs, focus groups were conducted with 8- to 13-year-olds (n = 52) in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Four major themes emerged: (1) health beliefs, (2) food characteristics, (3) cooking ability, and (4) mealtime practices. These results support incorporating cooking education into children's educational experiences to increase acceptability of healthy foods. Interventions geared toward children should integrate their perspectives, health beliefs, and factors affecting food choice. These data provide support for parents, social programs, and schools to increase their role in promoting children's health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-408
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding was provided by the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Copyright:
Copyright 2014 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • children's dietary perspective
  • food choice
  • low-income
  • qualitative methodology

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