At-home and Away-from-home Eating Patterns Influencing Preadolescents' Intake of Calcium-rich Food as Perceived by Asian, Hispanic and Non-Hispanic White Parents

Mary Cluskey, Miriam Edlefsen, Beth Olson, Marla Reicks, Garry Auld, Margaret A. Bock, Carol J. Boushey, Christine Bruhn, Dena Goldberg, Scottie Misner, Changzheng Wang, Sahar Zaghloul

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Abstract

Objective: To explore at-home and away-from-home eating patterns influencing Asian, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic white preadolescents' intake of calcium-rich food from a parental perspective. Design: Individual semistructured interviews. Setting: Home or community site. Participants: Convenience sample (n = 201) of self-reported Asian (n = 54), Hispanic (n=57), and non-Hispanic white (n = 90) parents of 10- to 13-year-old children recruited from community youth programs. Phenomenon of Interest: Description of at-home and away-from-home family eating patterns. Analysis: NVivo software to code and sort transcript segments, qualitative data analysis procedures. Results: Participants from all groups shared common at-home and away-from-home meal patterns. A lack of time often resulted in negative factors that impacted intake of calcium-rich food and beverages including breakfast on the run, fewer home-prepared or shared family meals, and more frequent meals eaten away from home. Asian and Hispanic parents indicated eating out less frequently than non-Hispanic white parents. Parents from all groups lacked expectations for their child to drink calcium-rich beverages with meals. Conclusions and Implications: Practical strategies are needed to facilitate intake of calcium-rich food and beverages through more frequent family meals at home and parental expectations for children's intake of calcium-rich beverages with meals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-79
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2008

Keywords

  • Asian
  • Hispanic
  • calcium-rich foods
  • interviews
  • parents
  • preadolescents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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