Primary care implications of parents' nutrition beliefs

Simone Pettigrew

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The present study investigated nutrition-related beliefs and behaviours among parents of varyingsocioeconomic profiles to facilitate more effective primary care interventions to improve parents' child-feedingpractices. A questionnaire comprising attitudinal and behavioural items was administered to parents at three Perthprimary schools. A response rate of 21 % (/1 = 181) was obtained. Respondents exhibited a good understanding ofmost of the issues under investigation, indicating that efforts could focus on changing specific behaviours rather thanattempting to increase general awareness ofthe importance of children's diets to their health and wellbeing. The resultssuggest that education relating to appetite regulation could be beneficial to all parents, although mediumsocioeconomic status families appear to be most in need ofthis infonnation as well as knowledge relating to repeatedlyoffering new foods to children to foster preference. Infonnation about the need for healthy school canteens and thedesirability of reducing television viewing during meals may be more productively targeted to low and mediumsocioeconomic status families.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-151
JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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