ABSTRACT: Fathers have not been exclusively targeted in family-based lifestyle programmes. The aim was to determine whether dietary intakes of fathers and children can be improved, following an intervention targeting fathers. Overweight and obese fathers (n = 50, 21–65 years, body mass index [mean ± standard deviation] 33.3 ± 4.1) and their children (5–12 years) were recruited. Dietary intake was assessed at baseline and 6 months (n = 35) by food frequency questionnaire. Linear mixed models determined differences by time. Fathers significantly reduced portion size (P = 0.03) but not energy intakes, whereas children reduced energy intakes (kJ) (P = 0.02). There is an opportunity to target fathers as to improve child intakes.
*School of Health Sciences
†School of Education
‡School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy, University of Newcastle and Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition
§Faculty of Education University of Wollongong, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
Address correspondence and reprint requests to Tracy Burrows, PhD, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle, University Dr, Callaghan, Newcastle, NSW 2308, Australia (e-mail: Tracy.firstname.lastname@example.org).
Received 19 January, 2012
Accepted 3 April, 2012
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Healthy Dads Healthy Kids was funded by the Hunter Medical Research Institute.
C.E.C. is funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship.
The authors report no conflicts of interest.