Kitchen Adequacy and Child Diet Quality in a Racially/Ethnically Diverse Sample

Angela R. Fertig, Amanda C. Trofholz, Katie Loth, Allan D. Tate, Michael Miner, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Erin C. Westfall, Andrea Westby, Jerica M. Berge

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This study examined kitchen adequacy in a racially/ethnically diverse low-income sample and associations with child diet quality. Families with children age five to seven years old (n = 150) from non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic Black, Hispanic, Native American, Hmong, and Somali families were recruited through primary care clinics. More than 85% of families had 15 of the 20 kitchen items queried, indicating that the sample had adequate kitchen facilities. Only one item (a kitchen table) was associated with higher overall diet quality of children. In contrast, children living in households with can openers and measuring spoons consumed more sodium and added sugars, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-89
Number of pages9
JournalEcology of Food and Nutrition
Issue number1
Early online dateAug 19 2021
StatePublished - Aug 19 2021

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  • Kitchen adequacy
  • child diet quality
  • healthy eating
  • nutrition
  • obesity


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