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Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

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GONZALEZ-JIMENEZ, Rocío; LEON-LARIOS, Fátima; LOMAS-CAMPOS, Mercedes  and  ALBAR, María-Jesús. Sociocultural factors determinants of eating habits of kindergarten school children in Peru: a qualitative study. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2016, vol.33, n.4, pp.700-705. ISSN 1726-4634.

To examine the sociocultural factors that determine the eating habits of children aged less than 5 years who attend kindergarten school in Chachapoyas in Peru, we carried out a qualitative study by means of semi-structured interviews of 18 fathers and mothers. The key factors related to eating habits were as follows: availability and easiness to prepare foods, schedule and work done by parents, intake of coffee in children as a common practice, lack of resources and economic uncertainty for food planning, and the lack of nutritional knowledge. Similarly, beliefs that might explain some eating habits, such as the beneficial effects of eating food as a family, maternal breastfeeding, and others, or the role of nutrition for the appropriate intellectual and physical development of children were identified. Our results provide evidence about the ways parents tackle and understand their children’s nutrition while, in turn, determining its quality.

Keywords : Alimentary habits; befiefs; socio-cultural factors; family; Peru.

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