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Alternative food habit questions for children

The following questionnaire statements can be useful when studying young childrens food habits and how they interact with their parents: Food fussiness | Enjoyment of food | Food responsiveness/Emotional overeating | Satiety responsiveness | Emotional undereating | Desire to drink | Slowness in eating.

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Alternative food habit questions for children

The following questionnaire statements can be useful when studying young childrens food habits and how they interact with their parents. For more informations please see the article Eating behaviour and weight in children by Webber, Hill, Saxton, Van Jaarsveld and Wardle.

Food fussiness
My child refuses new foods at first
My chid enjoys tasting new foods
My child enjoys a wide variety of foods My child is difficult to please with meals
My child is interested in tasting food s/he hasn’t tasted before
My child decides that s/he doesn’t like food, even without tasting it

Enjoyment of food
My child loves food
My child is interested in food My child is always asking for food
My child enjoys eating
My child looks forward to mealtimes

Food responsiveness/Emotional overeating
My child eats more when worried My child eats more when annoyed
If allowed to, my child would eat too much
My child eats more when anxious
Given the choice, my child would eat most of the time
My child eats more when s/he has nothing else to do
Even if my child is full up, s/he finds room to eat his/her favourite food
If given the chance, my child would always have food in his/her mouth

Satiety responsiveness
My child has a big appetite
My child leaves food on his/her plate at the end of a meal
My child gets full before his/her meal is finished
My child gets full up easily
My child cannot eat a meal if s/he has had a snack just before

Emotional undereating
My chid eats less when s/he is angry
My child eats less when s/he is tired
My child eats more when s/he is happy My child eats less when s/he is upset

Desire to drink
My child is always asking for a drink If given the chance, my child would drink continuously throughout the day
If given the chance, my child would always be having a drink

Slowness in eating
My child finishes his/her meal very quickly
My child eats slowly
My child takes more than 30 minutes to finish a meal
My child eats more and more slowly during the course of a meal.

City in Belgium goes veggie once a week

Ghent in Belgium is set to declare one day a week ‘vegetarian’, in recognition of the effect that meat-eating has on climate change.

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Disney’s Brand Spreads to Healthy Foods.

Disney’s practice of licensing its characters for placement on children’s food products is not new, but its strategy is. Whereas cereal boxes and fast-food bags used to be prime real estate for company-to-kid marketing, alarming rates of childhood obesity caused Disney to think twice about aligning its name with sugary or fatty foods. So over the past few years, Disney has gradually distanced itself from junk food. It ended its McDonald’s Happy Meal contract in 2006 and has been expanding its association with healthier foods since then. The result: an abundance of Disney-branded healthy stuff, including fruits, vegetables and dairy products. How about a Hannah Montana Banana?

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Raw Alfalfa Sprouts Linked To Salmonella Contamination

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that consumers not eat raw alfalfa sprouts, including sprout blends containing alfalfa sprouts, until further notice because the product has been linked to Salmonella. Other types of sprouts have not been implicated at this time. See also: http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2009/NEW02001.html

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Older Irish People Are Not Getting Their Five-a-day

Older people in Northern Ireland are eating on average four portions of fruit and vegetables per day. This is higher than levels in the rest of the UK, but remains below current government recommendations. A huge 22 per cent of respondents were not aware of the current government guidelines on eating five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. In fact, some respondents who were eating only two portions per day thought they were eating enough.

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President’s Daughters Urged to Join Effort to Improve Nutrition Value of School Lunches

Sasha and Malia were asked to visit Congress to lobby for changing the Child Nutrition Act to increase the availability of fresh produce in school meals.

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US Children Rely on French Fries, Juice to Meet Produce Consumption Recommendations

In a study of more than 6,500 children ages 2 to 18, the researchers found those not meeting recommendations tended to be male, older and living in households making between 130 percent and 350 percent of the federal poverty level. The researchers found 2-to-5 year-olds consumed significantly more fruit and juice than children ages 6 to 11 and 12 to 18 year olds. Total vegetable consumption was significantly higher among 12-to-18 year-olds. However, only 8 percent of vegetables consumed by children in all groups were dark green or orange; fried potatoes constituted about 46 percent of total vegetable consumption.

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Produce Safety

Health Canada has launched a new series of fact sheets on the safe handling of fresh produce to help Canadians reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Find Fresh Produce Safety general facts and fact sheets on Melons, Tomatoes, Fresh Herbs, Leafy Greens and Mushrooms.

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Influence of Cooking Methods on Antioxidant Activity of Vegetables

Some vegetable cooking methods may be better than others when it comes to maintaining beneficial antioxidant levels, according to a new study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists. Results showed that, depending on the vegetable, cooking on a flat metal surface with no oil and microwave cooking maintained the highest antioxidant levels.

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