Improvement of Food Habits and Eating Behavior of Children with Obesity and/or Precocious Puberty by Nutrition Education Monitoring

성조숙증 및 소아비만 아동에서 영양상담 모니터링에 따른 식습관 개선 효과

  • Kim, Jae Hee (Department of Food and Nutrition, Inha University) ;
  • Choi, Yun Jin (Department of Food and Nutrition, Inha University) ;
  • Lim, Hyun Sook (Department of Food and Nutrition, Inha University) ;
  • Chyun, Jong Hee (Department of Food and Nutrition, Inha University)
  • 김재희 (인하대학교 생활과학대학 식품영양학과) ;
  • 최윤진 (인하대학교 생활과학대학 식품영양학과) ;
  • 임현숙 (인하대학교 생활과학대학 식품영양학과) ;
  • 천종희 (인하대학교 생활과학대학 식품영양학과)
  • Received : 2014.09.15
  • Accepted : 2015.02.02
  • Published : 2015.02.28


The purpose of this study was to investigate improvement of food habits and eating behavior in children with obesity and precocious puberty by nutritional education monitoring. The results are as follows. Average height and weight of subjects exceeded Korean height and weight standards for children as outlined by The Korea Pediatric Society. Using nutrition education monitoring, meals became more regular, overeating significantly decreased, and eating speed decreased. Further, frequencies of eating-out and night-eating significantly decreased. The most preferred menu item when eating-out was Korean food, and the most preferred menu item for night-eating was fruits, fast food, & processed food. Meat & fish and vegetable intakes all significantly increased. Fruit and milk intakes also significantly increased while bread, snack, and ice cream intakes decreased. Further, fast food & instant food intakes decreased. However, water intake was not significantly affected. The favorite food of children was meat & fish, followed by fast food & processed food. This study may provide information on dietary behavior of children with obesity and precocious puberty and suggests that nutrition education or counseling can improve food habits and eating behavior.


Food habits;eating behavior;children with obesity and precocious puberty;nutrition education monitoring


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