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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Familial Concordance of Dietary Fat Practices and Intake

Authors
item Cullen, Karen
item Lara, Katina - ST.LUKE'S EPISCOPAL HOSP
item DE Moor, Carl - UNV TX MD ANDRSN CANCER C

Submitted to: Family and Community Health
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: April 26, 2002
Publication Date: July 1, 2002
Citation: Cullen,K.W., Lara,K.M., De Moor,C. 2002. Familial concordance of dietary fat practices and intake. Family and Community Health. 25(2):65-75.

Interpretive Summary: Parent and child dietary fat practices and child dietary fat intake amy be relaxed. High- and low-fat practices and percentage of kilocalories from fat were obtained from food records completed by 132 students in the 4th to 6th grades. Parents completed three scales measuring fat practices. Parent low fat practices were significantly correlated with child low fat practices. Parent LFP was a significant predictor of child LFP. Family intervention programs targeting dietary fat behaviors should encourage use of low-fat dietary behaviors.

Technical Abstract: This study examined parent and child dietary fat practices and child dietary fat intake. High- and low-fat practices and percentage of kilocalories from fat were obtained from food records completed by 132 students in the 4th to 6th grades. Parents completed three scales: meat modifications (MMOD); fat substitutions (FSUB); and fruit, juice, and vegetable practices (FJVP). A parent low-fat practices (PLFP) scale was created with the items matching the child low-fat practices (LFPs). Parent PLFP, FSUB, and FJVP were significantly correlated with child LFPs. Parent LFP was a significant predictor of child LFP. Family intervention programs targeting dietary fat behaviors should encourage use of low-fat dietary behaviors.

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