Background and aims The junk food like chocolate, sweets, savoury snacks, crisps, have high sugar and fats, but low in nutritional value. It is important to teach your children to eat more balanced, whole foods and avoid junk food. The aim of the study is to determine mother attitudes about junk food consumption of their children.
Methods A descriptive quantitative approach was used in study. The data were obtained from 200 mothers who has child in different ages by a questionnaire designed by researchers. Data was evaluated using the descriptive statistics available in the Statistical Package for Social Sciences Software (SPSS 16.0).
Results Most of the mothers were (37,5%) between 21–25, high-school graduate (33,5%) and housewife (63,5%). Most of them (93,5%) allowed their children to eat junk foods (crisps, chocolate, wafer), to buy one junk food for every market shopping (61,7%). Mothers’ prefer and knowledge affected choosing junk foods (53%). Mothers’ stocking constantly biscuit, wafer, fruit milk percent was 62%. Wafer and chocolate were 62%, biscuit was 32 % of these stocked foods. Most of mothers didn’t prepare yoghourt at home (64,5%), and give their children artificial milk, milk products, fruit yoghourt (86%). Mothers also stated that they eat junk foods with their children, too (61,7%).
Conclusion Mothers’ knowledge, attitude and prefer about junk foods have great role in junk consumption of children. It is suggested that increasing mothers’ attention about healthy child nutrition may prevent consumption of junk food.
- Junk foods
- mother attitudes
- child nutrition