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Title: Taste sensitivity and lifestyle are associated with food preferences and BMI in children
Authors: Rodrigues, L
Silverio, R
Costa, AR
Antunes, C
Pomar, C
Infante, P
Conceição, C
Amado, F
Lamy, E
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
Citation: Rodrigues L, Silverio R, Costa AR, Antunes C, Pomar C, Infante P, Conceição C, Amado F, Lamy E. (2020) Taste sensitivity and lifestyle are associated with food preferences and BMI in children, Int J Food Sci Nutr, DOI: 10.1080/09637486.2020.1738354
Abstract: Oral food perception together with lifestyle may affect food preferences and choices, influencing weight gain and obesity development. The present study was designed to evaluate the association of biological (taste sensitivity) and lifestyle variables with children food preferences, assessing whether all these variables contribute to explain BMI percentile. After anthropometric evaluation, 387 children were classified for bitter and sweet taste sensitivities. Socioeconomic/lifestyle aspects and hedonics for 36 foods were collected. Watching TV during meals associate with lower preference for several vegetables, as well as being sweet taste low sensitive, in the case of girls. Moreover, regression analysis showed that bitter taste sensitivity is one of the variables contributing to explain high BMI percentiles. These results present evidences that both biological and socioeconomic and the attention that is given to food (eating in the presence or absence of distractors) are aspects that should be considered in children nutrition to prevent obesity.
Type: article
Appears in Collections:MED - Publicações - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais Com Arbitragem Científica

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