Are Malaysian Children Achieving Dietary Guideline Recommendations?

Hui Chin Koo, Bee Koon Poh, Shoo Thien Lee, Kar Hau Chong, Marjolijn C E Bragt, Ruzita Abd. Talib

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Abstract

A large body of epidemiological data has demonstrated that diet quality follows a sociodemographic gradient. Little is known, however, about food group intake patterns among Malaysian children. This study aimed to assess consumption pattern of 7 food groups, including cereals/grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, fish, meat/poultry, and milk/dairy products, among children 7 to 12 years of age. A total of 1773 children who participated in SEANUTS Malaysia and who completed the Food Frequency Questionnaire were included in this study. A greater proportion of children aged 10 to 12 years have an inadequate intake of cereals/grains, meat/poultry, legumes, and milk/dairy products compared with children 7 to 9 years old. With the exception of meat/poultry, food consumption of Malaysian children did not meet Malaysian Dietary Guidelines recommendations for the other 6 food groups, irrespective of sociodemographic backgrounds. Efforts are needed to promote healthy and balanced dietary habits, particularly for foods that fall short of recommended intake level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8S-20S
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Volume28
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016

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Keywords

  • children
  • dietary guidelines
  • dietary pattern
  • food groups
  • Malaysia

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Are Malaysian Children Achieving Dietary Guideline Recommendations? / Koo, Hui Chin; Poh, Bee Koon; Lee, Shoo Thien; Chong, Kar Hau; Bragt, Marjolijn C E; Abd. Talib, Ruzita.

In: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, Vol. 28, 01.07.2016, p. 8S-20S.

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Koo, Hui Chin ; Poh, Bee Koon ; Lee, Shoo Thien ; Chong, Kar Hau ; Bragt, Marjolijn C E ; Abd. Talib, Ruzita. / Are Malaysian Children Achieving Dietary Guideline Recommendations?. In: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. 2016 ; Vol. 28. pp. 8S-20S.
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