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Correlates of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption of Malaysian preschoolers aged 3 to 6 years

Foo, LH, Lee, YH, Suhaida, CY and Hills, AP ORCID: 0000-0002-7787-7201 2020 , 'Correlates of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption of Malaysian preschoolers aged 3 to 6 years' , BMC Public Health, vol. 20, no. 1 , pp. 1-11 , doi:

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Background: There is little information about the diet, lifestyle and parental characteristics associated with habitual sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption in Asian children. The aim of the present study was to assess cross-sectional associations between habitual SSB consumption and preschoolers' diet, physical activity, sedentary behaviour as well as parental and child characteristics in Malaysian preschoolers aged 3 to 6 y.Methods: A total of 590 preschoolers, comprising 317 boys and 273 girls were included. Pre-pilot parental questionnaires were used to assess diet, physical activity (PA) and sedentary behaviour practices and anthropometry was assessed in preschoolers and their parents.Results: Multiple logistic regression analyses showed that preschoolers with more frequent weekly intake of snacks [OR 2.7; 95% CI, 1.6-4.4; p p p = 0.011]. A positive association of higher weekly vigorous PA [OR 2.0; 95% CI, 1.1-3.7; p = 0.030] and daily screen-based practices [OR 2.0; 95% CI, 1.2-3.6; p Conclusion: Multiple diet, physical activity and sedentary behaviour factors were significantly associated with SSB intake among Malaysian preschoolers. Continued effort is required to encourage healthier beverage choices, as well as healthy diet and active lifestyle practices among children during the critical early years of growth and development.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Foo, LH and Lee, YH and Suhaida, CY and Hills, AP
Keywords: dietary factors, physical activity (PA), preschoolers, screen-based sedentary practice, sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB)
Journal or Publication Title: BMC Public Health
Publisher: Biomed Central Ltd
ISSN: 1471-2458
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