Dresler, E and Whitehead, D and Mather, A, The experiences of New Zealand-based children in consuming fruits and vegetables, Health Education, 117, (3) pp. 297-309. ISSN 0965-4283 (2017) [Refereed Article]
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Design/methodology/approach: In this qualitative descriptive exploratory study, peer group interviews were undertaken with 18 girls and 18 boys, aged 8-11, from schools in the Manawatu region of New Zealand.
Findings: The results show that children’s consumption of fruits and vegetables is dependent on balancing risk and reward. Children know and understand the importance of eating fruits and vegetables; however, the perceived risks are typically the prevailing determinant of consumption. These perceived risks often stem from children’s uncertainty about whether the fruits and vegetables will meet the child’s sensory preferences. To mitigate the risks perceived in eating fruits and vegetables, children employ a range of avoidance strategies.
Originality/value: This study’s results indicate that a model of "associated" risk is a valuable tool to explain children’s fruit and vegetable consumption and preference behaviour and to assist in the development of future health education intervention campaigns.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||children, New Zealand, fruit and vegetables, schools, risk, nutrition|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Public health|
|Research Field:||Community child health|
|Objective Group:||Public health (excl. specific population health)|
|Objective Field:||Behaviour and health|
|UTAS Author:||Whitehead, D (Dr Dean Whitehead)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||2|
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