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ERIC Number: EJ887213
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Examining Preschoolers' Nutrition Knowledge Using a Meal Creation and Food Group Classification Task: Age and Gender Differences
Holub, Shayla C.; Musher-Eizenman, Dara R.
Early Child Development and Care, v180 n6 p787-798 Jul 2010
Eating behaviours begin to develop during early childhood, but relatively little is known about preschoolers' nutrition knowledge. The current study examined age and gender differences in this knowledge using two tasks: food group classification and the creation of unhealthy, healthy and preferred meals. Sixty-nine three- to six-year-old children were interviewed. Findings suggest that the healthy meals children created were lower in calories and fat than their preferred and unhealthy meals. Older children and girls had a larger discrepancy in the calorie/fat content of their healthy and unhealthy meals than younger children and boys, respectively. Children's created meals showed some dietary variety, but many children could not provide valid explanations for why they selected the foods they did. Children were better at classifying fruits and vegetables than foods from the grain and dairy group. This study highlights the utility of using ecologically valid measures to understand children's developing nutrition knowledge. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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