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Parents' and teachers' attitudes towards integrating high-sugar foods into children's diet

Špela Primar (2018) Parents' and teachers' attitudes towards integrating high-sugar foods into children's diet. Diploma thesis.

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    Adults in their diet often include foods that contain more sugar. They also consume a lot of beverages that contain more sugar, which poses a health risk. Parents have a significant influence on the nutrition of children and on the shaping of their eating habits, which is why it is important for them to be aware of the risks that an irregular diet can present to the health of children. The purpose of the thesis was to determine the attitude of parents and educators towards the inclusion of foods with more sugar in the diet of children. For the research part of the thesis, a descriptive research method was used. The instrument I used for this was a questionnaire. The questionnaire for parents contained 10 questions, while the questionnaire for kindergarten teachers contained 7 questions. The results of the study show that, parents most often offer to children foods and beverages with more sugar for celebrating a child's birthday, besides that children also consume foods and beverages, with more sugar, when visiting friends or grandparents. Beverages that contain more sugar, most parents offer very rarely to children. Throughout the day they mostly offer them water. The same also goes for kindergarten teachers, who most often offer, for the thirst, children water. The kindergarten teachers, that participiated in the survey, believe that children in kindergarten rarely eat foods and beverages with more sugar. Parents and kindergarten teachers are aware that the child's excessive consumption of foods and beverages with more sugar, can cause obesity and affects the occurrence of tooth decay. They can provide a good example to children about healthy eating habits, by not including foods and beverages with more sugar in their everyday diet.Based on the analysis of the results we conclude, that some parents daily include foods and beverages with more sugar, which they most often offer to children for afternoon snack, dinner and in a form of snacks right after a meal or during meals. For children's health and for the shaping of their healthy eating habits, it is important that parents and educational institutions strive to provide, to children, an environment and an example, that will encourage them to consume healthy foods.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: nutrition, parents, preschool children, kindergarten, sugar, sweet drinks, sweet foods
    Number of Pages: 54
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Stojan KostanjevecMentor
    asist. Martina ErjavšekComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=12115529)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5285
    Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2018 11:27
    Last Modified: 04 Sep 2018 11:27
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5285

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