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29.10.2015 | Original Paper | Ausgabe 3/2016

Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 3/2016

Diet Quality among Preschool-Age Children of Latino Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in the United States

Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health > Ausgabe 3/2016
Sara A. Quandt, Grisel Trejo, Cynthia K. Suerken, Camila A. Pulgar, Edward H. Ip, Thomas A. Arcury
Wichtige Hinweise
A preliminary version of this paper was presented at the American Public Health Association annual meeting, November 2012.


Dietary quality has been linked to obesity in children. Obesity among children of farmworker families exceeds that of other US Hispanic children. Knowledge of their dietary quality is needed to understand the origins and prevention of this obesity. Mothers (n = 237) of 3-year old children in farmworker families completed 3 24-hour recalls with trained interviewers using the Nutrition Data System for Research (NDS-R). Output was used to calculate total and component scores of the Revised Children’s Diet Quality Index (RC-DQI). Mean total score was 62 (range 36–86) of an optimal score of 90. Scores for total fat, total grains, excess juice and iron were >80 % of the optimum, but scores for added sugar, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables were considerably lower. Children in farmworker families have low overall dietary quality. Intervention targeted to specific food issues may be an efficient way to addressing the problem.

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