Journal article

Early life socioeconomic determinants of dietary score and pattern trajectories across six waves of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children

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

Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2017


BACKGROUND: Social patterning of dietary-related diseases may partly be explained by population disparities in children's diets. This study aimed to determine which early life socioeconomic factors best predict dietary trajectories across childhood. METHODS: For waves 2-6 of the Baby (B) Cohort (ages 2-3 to 10-11 years) and waves 1-6 of the Kindergarten (K) Cohort (ages 4-5 to 14-15 years) of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, we constructed trajectories of dietary scores and of empirically derived dietary patterns. Dietary scores, based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines, summed children's consumption frequencies of seven groups of foods or drinks over the last 24 hours. Dieta..

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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 (FKM: Early Career Fellowship 1037449 and Career Development Fellowship 1111160; MW: Senior Research Fellowship 1046518); an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (CEG); and Cure Kids New Zealand (MW). Research at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. The funders had no role in study design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, writing of the report or the decision to submit the article for publication. LSAC is funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia.