The relationship between parental religiosity and school age children's dietary behavior in Ningxia Province, China: A cross-sectional study.
BACKGROUND: Studies have shown parental religious involvement was associated with better health behaviors of their children. However, the relationship between parental religiosity and child dietary behaviors remains unclear. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to examine the relationship between parental religious involvement and the dietary behaviors of school-aged children in mainland, China. METHODS: Participants were selected from a northwest province of China using a multi-stage sampling process from July 2017 to October 2017. The frequency of parental religious activities and the importance of religion in life, along with the dietary behaviors of children, were collected using a questionnaire. Dietary pattern analysis coupled with multivariable linear regression was employed to test the association between parental religious involvement and children's dietary behavior. RESULTS: The regression model indicated no significant relationship between parental religious behaviors and children's dietary behaviors in the overall sample. However, the frequency of mother's religious attendance was inversely related to children's consumption of vegetables (β = -0.40, P < 0.05) in the Hui subsample (vs. Han) when stratifying analyses by ethnicity. CONCLUSION: These findings suggest among those of Hui ethnicity, parental religious involvement may impact children's dietary behavior in a way that may affect their future health habits.
Wu, Y; Ding, W; Wang, Z; Koenig, HG; Al Shohaib, S
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