Diana Šopagienė, Birutė Strukčinskienė, Dalija Stasiuvienė, Dalia Jurgaitienė, Ineta Pačiauskaitė, Greta Neverdauskaitė


The survey on nutrition in preschool children was accomplished in Klaipeda city. In the survey participated 382 children aged 3-6 years; their parents were interviewed. Chi-square test was used and the significance level p ≤0.05 was considered statistically significant. The study revealed that the majority of children in this study (92.1%) took breakfast every day, and 1.7% children never eat breakfast. Boys more often do not take breakfast than that of girls. 71.2 % children eat four or more times per day, and about one third (28.6%) – eat three times per day. The majority of children like to eat meat every day or few times per week, but they rare eat fish. Boys eat more meat and more fish than that of girls. 2.5% boys and 0.2% girls never eat fish. The majority of children prefer to eat fruits and vegetables every day or almost every day. Older preschool children more often eat fruits and vegetables than that of younger ones. Only about 16 % of children eat dark or white bread every day. Pre-school aged children prefer to eat white bread. The girls like to eat dark, and boys like to eat dark bread. Subjectively the majority of parents (78.5%) think, as their child is in good health, and 13.4 % of parents stated as their child health is very good.

Keyword(s): children; lifestyle; health promotion; nutrition
DOI: 10.5200/sm-hs.2013.006
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