Beverage consumption in Australian children

Cockburn, Nicole, Lalloo, Ratilal, Schubert, Lisa and Ford, Pauline (2017) Beverage consumption in Australian children. European Journal of Clincial Nutrition, 72 3: 401-409. doi:10.1038/s41430-017-0021-x

Author Cockburn, Nicole
Lalloo, Ratilal
Schubert, Lisa
Ford, Pauline
Title Beverage consumption in Australian children
Journal name European Journal of Clincial Nutrition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1476-5640
Publication date 2017-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/s41430-017-0021-x
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 72
Issue 3
Start page 401
End page 409
Total pages 9
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Language eng
Subject 2701 Medicine (miscellaneous)
2916 Nutrition and Dietetics
Abstract Background/objectives: While beverages are an important dietary source of water and some essential nutrients, consumption of sweet beverages has increasingly been linked to adverse health outcomes. Currently there is a paucity of longitudinal consumption data on beverage consumption in Australian children. Subjects/methods: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children has run biennially since 2004. Twenty four-hour recall data collected over 6 waves from the birth cohort (aged 0–1 year at baseline) was analysed and demographics were assessed for associations. Results: Five thousand one hundred and seven children participated at baseline, with a 71–90% retention of participants at each wave. Water consumption remained consistent with age over time, with more than 90% consuming more than one glass in the last 24-h. Proportions of fruit juice consumers decreased overall. Soft drink and cordial consumer proportions increased from 1% (0–1 year), to 28% (2 years) and 43% (10 years). Between 2 and 10 years, proportions of consumption of full-cream milk decreased by 8% and for skim milk this proportion increased by 51%. High proportions of consumers of soft drink/cordial was significantly associated with older children, males, children with a medical condition, living in a rural area, low socio-economic status and Indigenous Australians. Conclusions: Water consumption remained consistently high across the ages, while fruit juice was commonly introduced into the diet early childhood. While proportions of fruit juice consumers decreased after the age of 2 years, proportions of soft drink consumers increased. The findings from this study should assist with surveillance data and inform policy and interventions aimed at reducing consumption of sweet beverages.
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