Start Date: Jul 01, 2012
End Date: Jun 30, 2017
The primary goal is to identify barriers and facilitators of adherence to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DG) and to examine how differential profiles of adherence relate to obesity.Children and their caregivers from the major U.S. racial and ethnic groups (African American, Caucasian, and Hispanic) will be recruited for study participation near the seven geographical locations served by the USDA, ARS Human Nutrition Research Centers in Arkansas, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Texas, and the Delta Nutrition Project in the Lower Mississippi Delta region. A survey instrument to capture barrier and facilitator information will be developed, pilot tested to evaluate psychometric properties, and then incorporated into a large cross-sectional survey to relate the information to body composition and actual DG adherence. Analyses will also be conducted to determine if DG adherence differs by age, gender, racial/ethnic group, SES, geographic, and other physical, psychological, and cultural factors.