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Minerva Pediatrica 2002 June;54(3):179-86


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Diet quality, nutrient intake, weight status, and feeding environments of girls meeting or exceeding the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for total dietary fat

Lee Y., Birch L. L.


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children consume no more than 30% but no less than 20% of energy as dietary fat intake, and this recommendation is accompanied by suggestions that fat calories should be replaced by eating more grain products, fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy products, beans, lean meat, poultry, fish, and other protein rich foods. In comparing diets of girls meeting this AAP recommendation with girls who consumed diets higher in fat, we noted that girls meeting recommendations had diets that came closer to meeting other dietary recommendations for several food groups and had higher intake of several key micronutrients. Dietary fat was also associated with body fat and weight status. Children's fat intake was also related to mothers' dietary fat intake, and nutrient intake patterns were similar for mothers and daughters. Finally, mothers of girls consuming higher fat diets reported using more restriction and pressure to eat in feeding their daughters. These findings provide additional support for the AAP recommendation to limit total dietary fat. Findings reveal that mothers' use of controlling feeding practices are not effective in fostering healthier diets among children, and that mothers' own eating may be more influential than their attempts to control children's intake.

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