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Growing Up in Scotland: Sweep 3 Food and Activity Report

DescriptionThis report uses data from the Growing Up in Scotland study to explore the prevalence of, and many issues related to, food and activity in Scotland specifically in relation to young children.
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateJanuary 21, 2009


Louise Marryat*, Valeria Skafida^ and Catriona Webster*

*Scottish Centre for Social Research
^Centre for Research on Families and Relationships

Prepared for The Scottish Government: Children, Young People and Social Care Directorate by the Scottish Centre for Social Research

ISBN 978 0 7559 1937 6 (Web only publication)

This document is also available in pdf format (900k)
This Report is also in conjuntion with the following,
Report 1, Non resident Parent Report, Research findings 1/2009,
Research Findings 2/2009,
Report 3, The neighbourhood context Report, Research Findings 3/2009,
Report 4, Multiple childcare provision amongst families Report, Research Findings 4/2009,
Report 5, The impact of children's early activities on cognitive development Report, Research Findings 5/2009



1. Introduction
1.1 Scottish Health Policy
1.2 Policy on Nutrition for Children
1.3 Policy on Physical Activity for Children
1.4 The Report

2 Diet and eating
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Eating habits
2.2.1 Fruit and vegetables
2.3 Sugary snacks and drinks
2.3.1 Socio-economic differences in diet
2.4 Diet scale
2.5 What influences parental food choices?
2.5.1 A knowledge gap?
2.5.2 A lack of control?
2.5.3 The cost of food?
2.6 How do eating experiences differ between socio-economic groups?
2.6.1 Where children eat
2.6.2 The mealtime experience
2.7 Summary

3 Physical and sedentary activity
3.1 Participation in sedentary and physical activities
3.2 A socio-demographic effect?
3.3 A neighbourhood effect?
3.4 An attitudinal effect?

4 The relationship between nutrition, activity, and Body Mass Index
4.1 Food and activity

4.1.1 The relationship between food and activity
4.1.2 The relationship between activity group and specific food types
4.1.3 Snacking and sedentary activity
4.2 Body Mass Index ( BMI) - Measuring obesity
4.3 BMI and obesity - Key points from sweep 2
4.4 BMI in relation to nutrition and activity
4.5 Observing change in BMI - sweep 4

5 Breastfeeding and nutrition in childhood
5.1 Breastfeeding and nutrition in childhood
5.2 Breastfeeding and BMI

6 Conclusion