ERIC Number: ED356860
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
How Children Are Making Food Choices. IFIC Review.
International Food Information Council, Washington, DC.
To determine what children and parents know about nutrition, a survey of 772 adults was conducted in 1989 and a survey of 407 children in fourth through eighth grades was conducted in 1991. Results indicated that: (1) almost all children recognized that exercise is important to good health and that the food they eat can affect their future health; (2) children's awareness of the basic food groups surpassed that of adults; and (3) children, like adults, knew that balance, variety, and moderation are the keys to healthy eating. The findings revealed that children are getting the right messages about the basic principles of good nutrition, but that children may be mimicking some adults' fears and misperceptions about healthy eating. When it comes to food selection, children have the most influence over, and may prepare their own breakfast and snacks. Almost half the children said they usually select their own lunches. Nearly three-quarters of the children reported that their mothers made most dinner selections. Almost 9 out of 10 children reported that they eat meals with their families at least 3 to 5 times a week. The majority of the children cited school and their parents as sources of information about food and nutrition. (HOD)
Descriptors: Adults, Children, Comparative Analysis, Eating Habits, Elementary School Students, Family Life, Food, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, National Surveys, Nutrition, Parent Child Relationship
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: International Food Information Council, Washington, DC.