Pınar Göbel1, Aydan Ercan2, Sinem Bayram3*
1Assistant Professor, Ankara Medipol University, Health Science Faculty,
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Turkey
2Associate Professor, Trakya University, Health Science Faculty, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Turkey
3Assistant Professor, Başkent University Health Science Faculty, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Turkey
*Corresponding Author: Sinem Bayram, Assistant Professor, Başkent University Health Science Faculty, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Turkey.
Received: August 07, 2020; Published: August 28, 2020
Objective: This study aimed to determine whether periodically healthy nutrition educations given to parents effect their nutritional knowledge and healthy food choices of all family.
Materials and Methods: The study was conducted on 20 parents and their 25 children in a preschool. Parents of children aged between 1 and 6 who agreed to participate in the study were included in the study. Parents were given a total of 180 minutes of education on healthy nutrition in 3 sessions, each of which took around 60 minutes. Food choices and WHO BMI z scores of children were compared before and after education.
Results: The effect of all three educations on the BMI of the children was revealed that while children with normal BMI was 8% in the first education, it was 28% at the end of the third education. The comparison of the food consumption records of the children showed that the intake of many nutrients including protein, fiber, polyunsaturated fatty acid, vitamin C, calcium, and iron increased significantly after education. On the other hand, particularly white bread consumption of parents was found to decrease after education sessions, while their vegetable and fruit-herbal tea consumption increased. The effect of the education on eating behavior was evident in males.
Conclusion: After the nutrition education, parents were found to make healthy choices for their children even though they did not apply adequately for their own food choices. It is important to provide nutrition education to families with preschoolar children.
Keywords:Nutrition; Nutrition Education; Food Consumption in Children; Nutrition Knowledge Test; Early Childhood; Turkey
Citation: Sinem Bayram. “The Impact of Nutrition Education of Parents on Food Choices of Their Children". Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 4.9 (2020): 89-98.
Copyright: © 2020 Sinem Bayram This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.