HomePhilippine Journal of Psychologyvol. 37 no. 1 (2004)

What are Our Children Eating? Children's Nutrition Knowledge and the Relationship Between Nutritional Intake and Attention

Louella L. Barra

Discipline: Psychology

 

Abstract:

The study looked into knowledge of and attitudes towards nutrition and the eating practices and food preferences of a sample of Grade I students. It also sought to explore a possible relationship between what these students were eating and their ability to concentrate on a given task. The study had two parts: the first part described what the Grade I pupils already knew about nutrition, their views of different eating practices and their food habits; the second part looked into the relationships between variables such as family background, nutritional intake, nutrition knowledge, attitude and practices and the child's ability to concentrate on an activity on hand. Participants were found to be well informed on various nutritional recommendations for good health. This general knowledge in turn appeared to influence their food habits, food preferences and attitudes about certain foods. The study also correlated family background variables with the participant's scores in nutrition knowledge, auditory attention and visual alertness tasks.