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Revista chilena de nutrición

On-line version ISSN 0717-7518

Abstract

BUSTOS Z, Nelly et al. SNACKS USUALLY CONSUMED BY CHILDREN FROM PUBLIC SCHOOLS: MOTIVATIONS FOR THEIR SELECTION. Rev. chil. nutr. [online]. 2010, vol.37, n.2, pp.178-183. ISSN 0717-7518.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-75182010000200006.

As part of a school-based intervention to prevent obesity in 7 public schools located in Chile, we carried out a study to determine the children's preferences related to the types of foods purchased at the school kiosk in two of those schools. We interviewed 668, 10-13 years old children (53.1% boys) and in addition to the types of foods purchased, we assessed the foods brought from home. A descriptive analysis of the data was carried out. Sixty percent of the children had money to buy snacks; they mostly bought sweet snacks (35%), juice and ice cream (33%) and salty snacks (30%). Eleven percent of the children bought yogurt and 7% fruit. Children indicated as motivations to buy high energy snacks: were tasty (82%), sold at the kiosk (46%) and are cheap (38%). It is important to increase the supply of healthy snacks and to develop strategies to motivate schoolchildren to prefer them.

Keywords : school children; snacks; school kiosk; motivations; food purchasing.

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