Trends in eating behaviours among Chinese children (1991 -1997).


This study examined the trends in snacking behaviours and eating food-prepared-outside-the-home (FPOH) by Chinese children and adolescents using data from the China Health and Nutrition Survey. The sample consisted of 3223 subjects aged 6-18 in 1991 and 2836 in 1997. Three days of 24hr recall dietary data and per capita income (deflated to 1989) was used. The percentage of Chinese children having snacking behaviours was significantly differentiated according to the income level while percentage of eating FPOH increased in middle and high income groups. Snacking contributed about 8% of the energy intake (EI) for snackers, compared with over 15% from FPOH for those who ate FPOH. Fruit was a major component of snacking: snacks based on fruit intake almost doubled over the study period as did snacks based on soft drink consumption. Animal source food consumption was a key component of FPOH and its intake also increased.

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@article{Liu2006TrendsIE, title={Trends in eating behaviours among Chinese children (1991 -1997).}, author={Y Liu and Fengying Zhai and B. M. Popkin}, journal={Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition}, year={2006}, volume={15 1}, pages={72-80} }