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Mother's Perception of General Family Functioning and Sugar Consumption of 3- and 4-Year-Old Children: The East London Family Study

20 / 01 / 16

This study utilised data from the East London Family Study conducted in 2008-10 and examined the frequency of sugary food consumption in 3-4 year old children and mothers’ perceptions of family functioning.

Results showed a 67% reduction in children’s sugary foods consumption with every unit increase in general family functioning score. Mother’s higher education also helped reduce the frequency of sugary food consumption but even in mothers with lower education levels effective family functioning predicted lower sugary food frequency.

This study underlines the importance of a favourable family environment in the development of healthy eating habits in children.