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Factors that influence consumption of fish and omega-3 enriched foods: a survey of Australian families with young children

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Abstract


  • Aim: The present study aimed to identify factors that influence the consumption of fish and foods that are enriched

    with omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 LCPUFA), in order to inform the development of effective

    nutrition education strategies.

    Methods: A cross-sectional, 10-item self-administered survey was conducted to 262 parents of children aged 9–13

    years from a regional centre in New South Wales. Parents were asked questions related to frequency of consumption,

    and to identify factors that either encouraged or prevented the provision of fish/seafood and/or n-3 LCPUFAenriched

    foods for their families.

    Results: Salmon, canned tuna, prawn and take-away fish were the most commonly eaten variants of fish/seafood,

    at approximately once a month. Perceived health benefits and the influence of media and health professionals in

    health promotion were identified as the primary motivators for consumption of fish/seafood and foods enriched with

    n-3 LCPUFA. Among families who consume fish, taste was valued as having a major positive influence, as well as

    preferences of individual family members, but the latter was perceived as an obstacle in non-fish consumers. Price

    was the main barrier to consumption of fresh, but not canned, fish and n–3-enriched foods, in both those that do

    and do not consume these foods.

    Conclusion: Despite Australian parents’ knowledge of the health benefits n-3 LCPUFA, only a fifth of households

    meet the recommended two serves of fish per week, hence nutrition education strategies are warranted.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Rahmawaty, S., Charlton, K., Lyons-Wall, P. & Meyer, B. J. (2013). Factors that influence consumption of fish and omega-3 enriched foods: a survey of Australian families with young children. Nutrition and Dietetics, 70 (4), 286-293.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84883173135

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1569&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/570

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 286

End Page


  • 293

Volume


  • 70

Issue


  • 4

Abstract


  • Aim: The present study aimed to identify factors that influence the consumption of fish and foods that are enriched

    with omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 LCPUFA), in order to inform the development of effective

    nutrition education strategies.

    Methods: A cross-sectional, 10-item self-administered survey was conducted to 262 parents of children aged 9–13

    years from a regional centre in New South Wales. Parents were asked questions related to frequency of consumption,

    and to identify factors that either encouraged or prevented the provision of fish/seafood and/or n-3 LCPUFAenriched

    foods for their families.

    Results: Salmon, canned tuna, prawn and take-away fish were the most commonly eaten variants of fish/seafood,

    at approximately once a month. Perceived health benefits and the influence of media and health professionals in

    health promotion were identified as the primary motivators for consumption of fish/seafood and foods enriched with

    n-3 LCPUFA. Among families who consume fish, taste was valued as having a major positive influence, as well as

    preferences of individual family members, but the latter was perceived as an obstacle in non-fish consumers. Price

    was the main barrier to consumption of fresh, but not canned, fish and n–3-enriched foods, in both those that do

    and do not consume these foods.

    Conclusion: Despite Australian parents’ knowledge of the health benefits n-3 LCPUFA, only a fifth of households

    meet the recommended two serves of fish per week, hence nutrition education strategies are warranted.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Rahmawaty, S., Charlton, K., Lyons-Wall, P. & Meyer, B. J. (2013). Factors that influence consumption of fish and omega-3 enriched foods: a survey of Australian families with young children. Nutrition and Dietetics, 70 (4), 286-293.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84883173135

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1569&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/570

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 286

End Page


  • 293

Volume


  • 70

Issue


  • 4