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Children in hospital in Ireland - what do they eat and what do they weigh: a cross-sectional study

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dc.contributor.author Flinn, Aisling
dc.contributor.author Macken, Alan P.
dc.contributor.author Cullen, Walter
dc.contributor.author Leddin, Des
dc.contributor.author Dunne, Colum P.
dc.contributor.author O'Gorman, Clodagh S.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-02-12T15:22:11Z
dc.date.available 2013-02-12T15:22:11Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/2883
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Overweight and obesity is a growing problem in Ireland. Many parents are unaware when their child is overweight or obese. Our objectives were to examine parents’ perceptions of a healthy diet and their children’s BMI; and to evaluate the food offered to children in our paediatric in-patient unit. Findings: A retrospective questionnaire was distributed to 95 patients and their families admitted over one month. Seventy-eight had BMI values calculated (42 males, 36 females). Twenty-one children (26.9%) were overweight/ obese: 14/21 parents (66.7%) thought their child had a normal weight. Sixty percent of children served dinner in the hospital were given fried potatoes. Four had fruit/vegetables. Forty-six parents brought food into hospital, of these 14 brought purchased food. Conclusions: This study highlights the problem of child obesity in Ireland and parental underestimation of this problem. The nutritional value of food served to children in hospital needs to be improved and hospital admissions used as opportunities to promote healthy eating habits. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher BioMed Central Ltd en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries BMC Research Notes;5:491
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1756-0500-5-491
dc.subject overweight en_US
dc.subject obesity en_US
dc.subject children en_US
dc.subject hospital en_US
dc.subject nutrition en_US
dc.title Children in hospital in Ireland - what do they eat and what do they weigh: a cross-sectional study en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1402421
dc.internal.rssid 1402519


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