Eating Habits of Malaysian Children: Findings of the South East Asian Nutrition Surveys (SEANUTS)

Kar Hau Chong, Suet Kei Wu, Yatiman Noor Hafizah, Marjolijn C E Bragt, Bee Koon Poh

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Abstract

This article aims to describe the eating habits of Malaysian children using a nationally representative data set from the South East Asian Nutrition Surveys (SEANUTS) in Malaysia. A total of 2797 children aged 2 to 12 years were included in this analysis. Eating habits and dietary intakes of children were assessed using questionnaires. Overall, 56.1% of children consumed 3 main meals every day. Approximately 20% of children snacked 3 times per day, whereas 9.7% ate fast food on a weekly basis. Irregular meal patterns were significantly associated with lower micronutrient intakes, and the groups with higher odds for this pattern were older children, Malays, and those living in rural areas. Considering the relatively high rate of irregular meal consumption and its potential influence on dietary nutrient intake, persistent efforts must be continued to promote and inculcate healthy eating habits among children from an early age.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59S-73S
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Volume28
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016

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Keywords

  • breakfast
  • children
  • dietary intake
  • eating habits
  • fast food intake
  • meal patterns
  • snacking habits

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Eating Habits of Malaysian Children : Findings of the South East Asian Nutrition Surveys (SEANUTS). / Chong, Kar Hau; Wu, Suet Kei; Noor Hafizah, Yatiman; Bragt, Marjolijn C E; Poh, Bee Koon.

In: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, Vol. 28, 01.07.2016, p. 59S-73S.

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Chong, Kar Hau ; Wu, Suet Kei ; Noor Hafizah, Yatiman ; Bragt, Marjolijn C E ; Poh, Bee Koon. / Eating Habits of Malaysian Children : Findings of the South East Asian Nutrition Surveys (SEANUTS). In: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. 2016 ; Vol. 28. pp. 59S-73S.
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