Beverage intake in low-income parent-child dyads

Courtney A. Pinard, Brenda M. Davy, Paul A. Estabrooks

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Beverage consumption adds to daily energy intake and often exceeds the recommended amount for discretionary energy. Previous research has shown that children are consuming sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) in greater frequency and the relationship between parent-child dyads in beverage consumption is meaningful due to the parental influence on the development of beverage consumption behaviors. In particular, low-income families are at greater risk for obesity and higher levels of SSB consumption. The current investigation assessed habitual beverage intake among low-income parent-child dyads (N=95) with children between the ages of 9-17years. The sample (46% African American; 45% Caucasian) had a mean body mass index (BMI) for the parents of 31.8±8.9kg/m 2, while the mean BMI percentile for age and gender for the children was 70.3±31.3. Both parents and children consumed fewer nutrient-dense beverages and more energy-dense beverages than the recommended amount. The mean daily energy intake from beverages was 451±236kcal for the parents and 457±237kcal for the children. Correlations between parent-child dyad intake was also evident, identifying parents as potential role models and gatekeepers of the home food environment. Future interventions to prevent childhood obesity in low-income populations should address beverage intake, particularly SSB consumption, and determine the degree to which this behavior is learned behavior in the home.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-316
Number of pages4
JournalEating Behaviors
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • Beverage intake
  • Low-income
  • Sugar sweetened beverages

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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