The development of meat-eating habits during childhood in Australia

D. G. Laing*, N. Oram, J. Burgess, P. R. Ram, G. Moore, G. Rose, I. Hutchinson, G. R. Skurray

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The development of meat-eating habits of 999 Australian children between 1 and 16 years of age stratified across socioeconomic groups, was determined using a 4-day diary and measurement procedures to document intake. The results indicated that a stable pattern of meat-eating behaviour, as regards the frequency and type of meat eaten was established during the period 1-4 years of age and remained until 10-12 years for males and until at least 14-16 years for females. In contrast, the amount of meat consumed increased with age, the greatest increases occurring with adolescent males who ate the largest amounts of beef, chicken and pork. It is suggested that the early establishment of meat-eating habits may reflect a more general effect that may occur with other types of food.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-37
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1999
Externally publishedYes


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