Parent’s knowledge about the nutritional labelling of snacks consumed by chilean primary school students: When do we start to educate parents?

Manuel E.Cortés Cortés, Nicole Badínez, Valeria Contreras, Macarena Catalán, Yasna Muñoz

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The alarming levels of overweight and obesity among children constitutes one of the main concerns of nutritional education in Chile. Figures suggest that about 24% of the population under 10 is overweight and 11% obese. The latter could be explained, among other factors, by children’s inadequate food intake and the underlying unhealthy eating habits inherited from their familial context, as well as the high number of snacks consumed (mainly candies). Hence the need to provide parents or guardians with the tools and knowledge to properly supervise what their children are eating. The objective of this work was to assess the knowledge of parents of students attending two Chilean private-subsidized schools regarding nutritional labelling in their children’s snacks. The methodology of this pilot study consisted in applying a survey to parents and guardians (N = 118) in the schools Colegio École Noel (n = 85) and Colegio Hispano Chileno (n = 33), located in the Metropolitan Region, Chile. The results of the study show that most respondents (58%) know what the labelling is, how to read and correctly interpret the food labelling. However, some (23%) face difficulties when choosing which product would be more beneficial or less unhealthy to their children. In conclusion, a higher proportion of parents know about food labelling; however, they fail to properly use label information in their choice of healthier snack for their children. In the future, a larger scale educational intervention is necessary for parents to understand the importance of examining food labelling to properly select food and snacks based on such information. These interventions would positively affect children feeding and decrease levels of child overweight and obesity.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)972-975
Número de páginas4
PublicaciónAdvanced Science Letters
EstadoPublicada - 1 feb 2017
Publicado de forma externa

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