2017, VOL. 3 ISSUE 1, PART B
Healthy nutrition during childhood should include eating a variety of foods, consuming sufficient energy to growth and development, and also to avoid the development of obesity. The parental psychological distress may influence child physical and nutritional health through parental feeding practices. The present study was designed to examine the relationship of body mass Index, diet quality, physical activity level, fruit & vegetable intake among parents’ and their preschool children.
Methods: Nutritional status of one hundred and thirty eight pre-schoolers was determined using anthropometric parameters, dietary assessment to determine diet quality. Physical activity level was assessed using Physical activity index tool
Results: Results indicated that there was significant positive correlation between parents and child nutrient intake. There was no significant association between body mass index and fruit and vegetable consumption. No significant correlation was found between the body mass index of parents and children.
Conclusion: It is crucial to instil healthy dietary practices among preschool children and their parents to prevent them from noncommunicable diseases. The importance of consuming adequate fruits and vegetables should be emphasised.