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Breakfast habits among European adolescents and their association with sociodemographic factors: the HELENA (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence) study

Lena Hallström, Carine Vereecken UGent, Idoia Labayen, Jonatan R Ruiz, Cinzia Le Donne, Magdalena Cuenca-García, Chantal C Gilbert, Sonia Gómez Martínez, Evangelia Grammatikaki UGent and Inge Huybrechts UGent, et al. (2012) PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION. 15(10). p.1879-1889
abstract
Objective: To describe breakfast habits at food group level in European adolescents and to investigate the associations between these habits and sociodemographic factors. Design: Cross-sectional study. Setting: Secondary schools from nine European cities participating in the HELENA (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence) Study. Breakfast habits were assessed twice using a computer-based 24 h dietary recall. Adolescents who consumed breakfast on at least one recall day were classified as 'breakfast consumers' and adolescents who did not have anything for breakfast on either of the two recall days were considered 'breakfast skippers'. A 'breakfast quality index' to describe breakfast quality was created based on the consumption or non-consumption of cereals/cereal products, dairy products and fruits/vegetables. The sociodemographic factors studied were sex, age, region of Europe, maternal and paternal education, family structure and family affluence. Subjects: Adolescents (n 2672, 53% girls) aged 12-17 years. Results: The majority of the adolescents reported a breakfast that scored poorly on the breakfast quality index. Older adolescents, adolescents from the southern part of Europe and adolescents from families with low socio-economic status were more likely to consume a low-quality breakfast. Conclusions: The study highlights the need to promote the consumption of a high-quality breakfast among adolescents, particularly in older adolescents, adolescents from southern Europe and adolescents from families with low socio-economic status, in order to improve public health.
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RISK-FACTORS, FOOD CHOICE, EATING BEHAVIORS, SOCIOECONOMIC-STATUS, ACADEMIC-PERFORMANCE, Teenager, Socio-economic, Food groups, Dietary habits, CONSUMPTION, QUALITY, CHILDREN, FINNISH, BODY-WEIGHT
journal title
PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION
Public Health Nutr.
volume
15
issue
10
pages
1879 - 1889
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000308718800013
JCR category
PUBLIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
JCR impact factor
2.25 (2012)
JCR rank
47/157 (2012)
JCR quartile
2 (2012)
ISSN
1368-9800
DOI
10.1017/S1368980012000341
language
English
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yes
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A1
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article on behalf of the HELENA Study Group
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3054772
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-3054772
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2012-11-19 15:26:35
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  abstract     = {Objective: To describe breakfast habits at food group level in European adolescents and to investigate the associations between these habits and sociodemographic factors. 
Design: Cross-sectional study. 
Setting: Secondary schools from nine European cities participating in the HELENA (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence) Study. Breakfast habits were assessed twice using a computer-based 24 h dietary recall. Adolescents who consumed breakfast on at least one recall day were classified as 'breakfast consumers' and adolescents who did not have anything for breakfast on either of the two recall days were considered 'breakfast skippers'. A 'breakfast quality index' to describe breakfast quality was created based on the consumption or non-consumption of cereals/cereal products, dairy products and fruits/vegetables. The sociodemographic factors studied were sex, age, region of Europe, maternal and paternal education, family structure and family affluence. 
Subjects: Adolescents (n 2672, 53\% girls) aged 12-17 years. 
Results: The majority of the adolescents reported a breakfast that scored poorly on the breakfast quality index. Older adolescents, adolescents from the southern part of Europe and adolescents from families with low socio-economic status were more likely to consume a low-quality breakfast. 
Conclusions: The study highlights the need to promote the consumption of a high-quality breakfast among adolescents, particularly in older adolescents, adolescents from southern Europe and adolescents from families with low socio-economic status, in order to improve public health.},
  author       = {Hallstr{\"o}m, Lena and Vereecken, Carine and Labayen, Idoia and Ruiz, Jonatan R and Le Donne, Cinzia and Cuenca-Garc{\'i}a, Magdalena and Gilbert, Chantal C and G{\'o}mez Mart{\'i}nez, Sonia and Grammatikaki, Evangelia and Huybrechts, Inge and Kafatos, Anthony and Kersting, Mathilde and Manios, Yannis and Moln{\'a}r, D{\'e}nes and Patterson, Emma and Widhalm, Kurt and De Vriendt, Tineke and Moreno, Luis A and Sj{\"o}str{\"o}m, Michael},
  issn         = {1368-9800},
  journal      = {PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION},
  keyword      = {RISK-FACTORS,FOOD CHOICE,EATING BEHAVIORS,SOCIOECONOMIC-STATUS,ACADEMIC-PERFORMANCE,Teenager,Socio-economic,Food groups,Dietary habits,CONSUMPTION,QUALITY,CHILDREN,FINNISH,BODY-WEIGHT},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {10},
  pages        = {1879--1889},
  title        = {Breakfast habits among European adolescents and their association with sociodemographic factors: the HELENA (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence) study},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1368980012000341},
  volume       = {15},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Hallström, Lena, Carine Vereecken, Idoia Labayen, Jonatan R Ruiz, Cinzia Le Donne, Magdalena Cuenca-García, Chantal C Gilbert, et al. 2012. “Breakfast Habits Among European Adolescents and Their Association with Sociodemographic Factors: The HELENA (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence) Study.” Public Health Nutrition 15 (10): 1879–1889.
APA
Hallström, L., Vereecken, C., Labayen, I., Ruiz, J. R., Le Donne, C., Cuenca-García, M., Gilbert, C. C., et al. (2012). Breakfast habits among European adolescents and their association with sociodemographic factors: the HELENA (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence) study. PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION, 15(10), 1879–1889.
Vancouver
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Hallström L, Vereecken C, Labayen I, Ruiz JR, Le Donne C, Cuenca-García M, et al. Breakfast habits among European adolescents and their association with sociodemographic factors: the HELENA (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence) study. PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION. 2012;15(10):1879–89.
MLA
Hallström, Lena, Carine Vereecken, Idoia Labayen, et al. “Breakfast Habits Among European Adolescents and Their Association with Sociodemographic Factors: The HELENA (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence) Study.” PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION 15.10 (2012): 1879–1889. Print.