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Effect of family-based REDUCE intervention program on children eating behavior and dietary intake: randomized controlled field trial


Ahmad, Norliza and Mohd Shariff, Zalilah and Mamat @ Mukhtar, Firdaus and Lye, Munn Sann (2020) Effect of family-based REDUCE intervention program on children eating behavior and dietary intake: randomized controlled field trial. Nutrients, 12 (10). pp. 1-13. ISSN 2072-6643


The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of a family-based intervention program (REDUCE) on children’s eating behaviors and dietary intake. A two-arm randomized controlled field trial was conducted among parents and children of 7 to 10 years old who were either overweight or obese. The intervention was conducted via face-to-face sessions and social media. The child eating behaviors were assessed using the child eating behaviors questionnaire (CEBQ), while their dietary consumption of vegetables and unhealthy snacks was assessed using a parental report of three days unweighted food. The generalized linear mixed modelling adjusted for covariates was used to estimate the intervention effects with alpha of 0.05. A total of 122 parents (91% response rate) completed this study. At the six-month post-training, there were statistically significant mean differences in the enjoyment of food (F(6481) = 4.653, p < 0.001), fruit and vegetable intake (F(6480) = 4.165, p < 0.001) and unhealthy snack intake (F(6480) = 5.062, p < 0.001) between the intervention and wait-list groups; however, it was not clinically meaningful. This study added to the body of knowledge of family-based intervention that utilized social media and assessed the effect in children’s eating behavior using the CEBQ and children’s dietary intake.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12103065
Publisher: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Keywords: Child; Parents; Vegetables; Snacks; Fruit; Overweight; Obesity; Social media; Enjoyment of food; Food responsiveness; Satiety responsiveness; Food record; Feeding behavior; Diet; Sugar-sweetened beverages
Depositing User: Ms. Nuraida Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2021 22:37
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2021 22:37
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/88596
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