Journal article

Stability and change in dietary scores and patterns across six waves of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children

Constantine E Gasser, Jessica A Kerr, Fiona K Mensah, Melissa Wake



This study aimed to derive and compare longitudinal trajectories of dietary scores and patterns from 2-3 to 10-11 years and from 4-5 to 14-15 years of age. In waves two to six of the Baby (B) Cohort and one to six of the Kindergarten (K) Cohort of the population-based Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, parents or children reported biennially on the study child's consumption of twelve to sixteen healthy and less healthy food or drink items for the previous 24 h. For each wave, we derived a dietary score from 0 to 14, based on the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines (higher scores indicating healthier diet). We then used factor analyses to empirically derive dietary patterns for separat..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Authors of this work were supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (F. K. M., Early Career Fellowship - 1037449, Career Development Fellowship 1111160), (M. W., Senior Research Fellowship - 1046518); and an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (C. E. G.). Research at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Government and Victorian Government had no role in the design, analysis or writing of this article.