Title page for ETD etd-11082011-121323

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Wroten, Kathryn
URN etd-11082011-121323
Title Resemblance in Dietary Intakes of Snacks, Sweets, Fruit, Vegetables, Energy, Macronutrients, and Selected Micronutrients Among Mother-Child Dyads from Families with Limited Incomes
Degree Master of Science (M.S.)
Department Human Ecology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
O'Neil, Carol Committee Chair
Nicklas, Theresa Committee Member
Tuuri, Georgianna Committee Member
  • fruit
  • Head Start
  • mother-child dyads
  • preschool
  • vegetables
  • low-income
  • snacks
  • energy
  • nutrients
Date of Defense 2011-10-25
Availability unrestricted
The objective of these studies was to determine the association between dietary intakes of selected food groups, macronutrients, and micronutrients in mother-child dyads. This was a secondary analysis of data on low-income Black, Hispanic, and White children 3-5 years-old (y) participating in Head Start (HS) (n=650), and their mothers. Mothers served as a proxy for their child, and self-reported intake during a multiple-pass 24-hour recall interview for one weekend day. One weekend day was chosen since children attended HS during the week, and mothers may not know what their children consumed outside the home. Data were collected on childrenís and mothersí intakes of servings of snacks, sweets, fruit, and vegetables, and amounts of energy, dietary fiber, vitamin D, calcium, potassium, added sugars, saturated fatty acids (SFA), trans fat, and sodium. Analysis of variance was conducted to determine differences in intakes by race. Pearson partial correlation coefficients were determined to assess the associations of intakes between children and mothers.

Both children and mothers met the recommendation for vegetables; however, they did not meet the recommendations for fruit, dietary fiber, vitamin D, calcium, or potassium. Further, they exceeded the recommendations for SFA and sodium. Intake of all food groups and nutrients in mothers was associated with intake of the corresponding food groups and nutrients in children (p<0.0001 for all). Nutrition professionals need to encourage mothers to consume healthy snacks, such as fruit and vegetables, and consume foods that are high in nutrients of public health concern, which include dietary fiber, vitamin D, calcium, and potassium. Nutrition professionals should also encourage mothers to consume low amounts of foods that are high in nutrients of overconsumption, which include added sugars, SFA, trans fat, and sodium. Modeling of these habits by mothers may encourage healthy eating habits in children.

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