Date of Award

6-2014

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nutrition Science and Dietetics

Advisor(s)

Lynn S. Brann

Second Advisor

Jodi Dowthwaite

Keywords

dietary intake, food "away from home", gymnastics, premenarcheal girls, sports scheduling

Abstract

Despite evidence that family meals promote key nutrient intakes, consumption of "away from home" food may be increasing among growing children. We hypothesized that greater consumption of food "away from home" would be associated with lower key nutrient intakes in girls, but be counteracted by predictable sports scheduling. In this cross-sectional study, we evaluated key nutrient intakes, measures of food "away from home" ("Fried Food Away From Home" (FFAH); "Dinner Out"), gymnast status, and body mass index (BMI) in 67 growing girls. Girls completed the Youth Adolescent Questionnaire to assess dietary intake. Independent samples t-tests or ANOVAs were used to examine differences in nutrients by frequency of consumption of food "away from home" and by gymnast status. Subject ages ranged from 8.4 to 14.4 yo (11.4± 0.2); BMI for age percentiles ranged from 8.1 to 98.2 % (50.4 % ±3.1). Girls who consumed "Dinner Out" never/less than once a week had lower BMI% than girls who consumed "Dinner Out" 1-2 times per week (p

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