Energy intake variability in free-living young children

SB Nielsen, C. Montgomery, L.A. Kelly, D.M. Jackson, John J Reilly

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It has been suggested that young children regulate their daily energy intake very closely with highly stable day-to-day total energy intake. This hypothesis was developed on the basis of an experimental study of 15 children aged 26 to 62 months, which reported a within-subject coefficient of variation (CV) in daily energy intake of 10.4%. We tested the hypothesis that free-living energy intakes were highly stable on a day-to-day basis in a sample of free-living young children from Glasgow, Scotland. In 101 children (47 boys) aged 2.6-6.8 years, energy intake was measured using multiple-pass 24-hour recalls. Within-subject CV was 19.2% which was significantly higher than the 10.4% reported by Birch and colleagues (p<0.0001). In addition, we identified four other studies on free-living children with within-subject CV's ranging from 16.1-28.7%. This evidence indicates that young children show a wide intra-individual variation in day-to-day regulation of energy intake in a free-living environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)971-973
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood
Volume93
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008

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  • obesity
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Nielsen, SB ; Montgomery, C. ; Kelly, L.A. ; Jackson, D.M. ; Reilly, John J. / Energy intake variability in free-living young children. In: Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2008 ; Vol. 93, No. 11. pp. 971-973.
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Nielsen, SB, Montgomery, C, Kelly, LA, Jackson, DM & Reilly, JJ 2008, 'Energy intake variability in free-living young children', Archives of Disease in Childhood, vol. 93, no. 11, pp. 971-973. https://doi.org/10.1136/adc.2007.136119

Energy intake variability in free-living young children. / Nielsen, SB; Montgomery, C. ; Kelly, L.A. ; Jackson, D.M.; Reilly, John J.

In: Archives of Disease in Childhood, Vol. 93, No. 11, 11.2008, p. 971-973.

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