This paper discusses the results of a study which examined the relationship between home food preparation and adolescent body mass index (BMI) in a sample of 240 African American adolescents and their caregivers in Baltimore, Md. Researchers found that meals prepared at home in African American households do not necessarily promote healthy BMI in youth. Having a greater number of meals prepared by a caregiver was associated with a greater youth BMI-for-age percentile, but healthier cooking methods used by the caregiver was associated with lower youth BMI-for-age percentile. Adolescents of caregivers who used healthy cooking methods were also more likely to use healthy cooking methods themselves.
Published: May 2012
ID #: 63149
Journal: J Nutr
Authors: Kramer RF, Coutinho AJ, Vaeth E, Christiansen K, Suratkar S, Gittelsohn J
Healthy Food Purchasing Among African American Youth: Associations with Child Gender, Adult Caregiver Characteristics and the Home Food EnvironmentThis article discusses how the home food environment and caregiver and youth characteristics are associated with healthy food purchasing among lower-income African-American youth. Researchers found that intentions to eat healthier, caregivers’ attitude towards healthy eating and more frequent food preparation by family members were each significantly associated with higher frequency of purchasing healthy foods among More