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Differences in dietary fibre intake and associated familial factors in a longitudinal study at two time points across adolescence


Swann, OG and Breslin, M and Kilpatrick, M and O'Sullivan, TA and Oddy, WH, Differences in dietary fibre intake and associated familial factors in a longitudinal study at two time points across adolescence, Public Health Nutrition pp. 1-9. ISSN 1368-9800 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1017/S1368980019003446


Objective: Dietary fibre is essential for a healthy diet; however, intake is often inadequate. Understanding of sources of dietary fibre and familial factors associated with intake in adolescents is limited, hampering efforts to increase intake. We aimed to determine adequacy of dietary fibre intake in adolescents, examine how intake changes from mid to late adolescence, identify major food sources and explore associations with familial factors.

Design: Dietary fibre intake measured with semi-quantitative FFQ and sources calculated with the AUSNUT database. Familial factors determined by questionnaire.

Setting: Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study.

Participants: Generation 2 adolescents from the 14- (n 1626) and 17-year (n 835) follow-ups.

Results: Mean intake of dietary fibre did not meet national dietary guidelines other than for females aged 14 years. Mean intake of both sexes was lower at 17 years (230 (sd 100) g/d) than at 14 years (243 (sd 90) g/d, P < 0001). The quantity of dietary fibre consumed per megajoule also decreased (26 (sd 07) g/MJ at 14 years, 25 (sd 09) g/MJ at 17 years, P = 0007). The greatest source of dietary fibre was cereals and grains, followed by fruits, then vegetables. In multivariable mixed-model analysis, female sex, Caucasian race, age 14 years, good family functioning, high level of parental education and high energy intake were independently associated with higher dietary fibre intake.

Conclusions: Our study highlights an age range and characteristics of adolescents lacking in dietary fibre, thereby identifying target populations for interventions to improve dietary fibre intake across adolescence, which would lead to better health.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:dietary fibre, adolescence, fibre sources, Raine study
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Nutrition and dietetics
Research Field:Nutritional science
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Swann, OG (Miss Olivia Swann)
UTAS Author:Breslin, M (Dr Monique Breslin)
UTAS Author:Kilpatrick, M (Dr Michelle Kilpatrick)
UTAS Author:Oddy, WH (Professor Wendy Oddy)
ID Code:136371
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2019-12-17
Last Modified:2022-08-29
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