Title

Food Consumption And Childhood Obesity

First Advisor

McGuire, Maureen

College

Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Degree Name

MS Health Services Administration

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

63 pages

Abstract

Objective: To examine the association between the foods and beverages that children consume and their BMI. Design: Data on food consumption were collected through a food frequency questionnaire, and children were weighed and measured by the researcher. Subjects/setting: The study included 45 children aged 8 to 13 years, Participants are part of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver Boettcher Branch. Statistical analyses: Descriptive statistics were conducted to describe all variables. Chi-square test of association was conducted to test for association between foods that limit healthful eating and foods that promote healthful and the students' BMI. Chi-square test of association was conducted to test for association between foods that limit healthful eating and foods that promote healthful and the participant's likelihood for obesity. Results: No association was found between foods that limit healthful eating and student's BMI who are overweight and who are non-overweight, and foods that promote healthful eating and students BMI who are overweight and who are non-overweight. Students who were overweight tended to respond that they eat less frequent and smaller portions of the foods/beverages listed in the FFQ. No association was found when comparing student's BMI with the foods/beverages listed in the FFQ. Also, no relationship was found between overweight students and their age and gender, and non-overweight students and their age and gender Conclusions: Findings from this analysis did not suggest that limiting children's access to low-nutrient, energy-dense foods may reduce children's total calorie intake and controlling children's BMI. Therefore, further research is needed to replicate the study findings and to examine the association between student's food/beverage intake and their BMI in greater detail.

Date of Award

Winter 2010

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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