Personal, social and environmental factors regarding fruit and vegetable intake among schoolchildren in nine European countries

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Title:
Personal, social and environmental factors regarding fruit and vegetable intake among schoolchildren in nine European countries
Authors:
Sandvik, Camilla; De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse; Due, Pernille; Brug, Johannes; Wind, Marianne; Bere, Elling; Pérez-Rodrigo, Carmen; Wolf, Alexandra; Elmadfa, Ibrahim; Thorsdottir, Inga; Vaz de Almeida, Maria Daniel; Yngve, Agneta; Klepp, Knut-Inge
Citation:
Ann. Nutr. Metab. 2005, 49(4):255-66
Issue Date:
Aug-2005
Abstract:
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Children in Europe are consuming less fruit and vegetables than recommended. Knowledge about the potential determinants of fruit and vegetable intake is vital to understand discrepancies in intake and to guide interventions. The aim of the present study was to assess personal, social and environmental factors regarding fruit and vegetable intake among 11- to 12-year-old children in Europe. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was undertaken, with nationally or regionally representative samples of in total 13,305 children (mean age 11.4 years) from nine European countries. Pupils in the classroom completed a self-administered questionnaire measuring fruit and vegetable intake and personal, social and environmental factors during one school lesson. Age-adjusted covariance analyses were carried out by gender, for the full sample and for each country separately. Proportions responding positively to the constructs are presented. RESULTS: Overall, European children held a positive attitude towards fruit and vegetable intake. For some constructs, large between-country differences were found. Children had a more positive attitude towards fruit than towards vegetables, and girls were on average more positive than boys. The children perceived their social environment as supportive towards fruit and vegetable intake. They reported good to very good availability of fruit and vegetables at home. However, availability at school and during leisure time activities seemed to be low, both for fruit and for vegetables. CONCLUSION: A large majority of the children reported positively to the personal and social factors regarding fruit and vegetable intake. As regards availability of fruit and vegetables at school and leisure time, and accessibility of fruit and vegetables at home, there is room for improvement.
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dc.contributor.authorSandvik, Camilla-
dc.contributor.authorDe Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse-
dc.contributor.authorDue, Pernille-
dc.contributor.authorBrug, Johannes-
dc.contributor.authorWind, Marianne-
dc.contributor.authorBere, Elling-
dc.contributor.authorPérez-Rodrigo, Carmen-
dc.contributor.authorWolf, Alexandra-
dc.contributor.authorElmadfa, Ibrahim-
dc.contributor.authorThorsdottir, Inga-
dc.contributor.authorVaz de Almeida, Maria Daniel-
dc.contributor.authorYngve, Agneta-
dc.contributor.authorKlepp, Knut-Inge-
dc.date.accessioned2009-05-11T09:41:16Z-
dc.date.available2009-05-11T09:41:16Z-
dc.date.issued2005-08-
dc.date.submitted2009-05-11-
dc.identifier.citationAnn. Nutr. Metab. 2005, 49(4):255-66en
dc.identifier.issn0250-6807-
dc.identifier.pmid16088089-
dc.identifier.doi10.1159/000087332-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2336/67757-
dc.descriptionTo access publisher full text version of this article. Please click on the hyperlink in Additional Links fielden
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND/AIMS: Children in Europe are consuming less fruit and vegetables than recommended. Knowledge about the potential determinants of fruit and vegetable intake is vital to understand discrepancies in intake and to guide interventions. The aim of the present study was to assess personal, social and environmental factors regarding fruit and vegetable intake among 11- to 12-year-old children in Europe. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was undertaken, with nationally or regionally representative samples of in total 13,305 children (mean age 11.4 years) from nine European countries. Pupils in the classroom completed a self-administered questionnaire measuring fruit and vegetable intake and personal, social and environmental factors during one school lesson. Age-adjusted covariance analyses were carried out by gender, for the full sample and for each country separately. Proportions responding positively to the constructs are presented. RESULTS: Overall, European children held a positive attitude towards fruit and vegetable intake. For some constructs, large between-country differences were found. Children had a more positive attitude towards fruit than towards vegetables, and girls were on average more positive than boys. The children perceived their social environment as supportive towards fruit and vegetable intake. They reported good to very good availability of fruit and vegetables at home. However, availability at school and during leisure time activities seemed to be low, both for fruit and for vegetables. CONCLUSION: A large majority of the children reported positively to the personal and social factors regarding fruit and vegetable intake. As regards availability of fruit and vegetables at school and leisure time, and accessibility of fruit and vegetables at home, there is room for improvement.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherKargeren
dc.relation.urlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000087332en
dc.subject.meshAdolescenten
dc.subject.meshAnalysis of Varianceen
dc.subject.meshAttitude to Healthen
dc.subject.meshChilden
dc.subject.meshChild Nutritional Physiology Phenomenaen
dc.subject.meshCross-Sectional Studiesen
dc.subject.meshDieten
dc.subject.meshDiet Surveysen
dc.subject.meshEnvironmenten
dc.subject.meshEuropeen
dc.subject.meshFemaleen
dc.subject.meshFood Habitsen
dc.subject.meshFood Supplyen
dc.subject.meshFruiten
dc.subject.meshHumansen
dc.subject.meshMaleen
dc.subject.meshQuestionnairesen
dc.subject.meshSchoolsen
dc.subject.meshSelf Efficacyen
dc.subject.meshSex Factorsen
dc.subject.meshVegetablesen
dc.titlePersonal, social and environmental factors regarding fruit and vegetable intake among schoolchildren in nine European countriesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway. camilla.sandvik@iuh.uib.noen
dc.identifier.journalAnnals of nutrition & metabolismen

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