Emerald Fulltext Archive Database 1994-2005
Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Fishery, Domestic Science, Nutrition
Primary schoolchildren's snack food consumption patterns and foodpreferences were investigated by interview technique in schools inGermany and England and analysed on the basis of culture, sex and socialclass. There were significant differences in the proportions ofchildren who took chocolate to school in the various social classes inboth England and Germany and there were also highly significantdifferences in the total number of chocolate bars consumed each week bythe different social classes in both countries. Food choices from atable display containing a range of snack foods popular in bothcountries showed highly significant differences between German andEnglish children with German children preferring a much higherproportion of "healthy food options", e.g. fruit, yogurt,milchschnitte (sponge cake snack), etc. compared with English childrenwho chose four chocolate products out of their five most preferreditems. Reasons for such differences could be related to advertisingpressures, nutrition education experience, parental attitudes,convenience and availability, income constraints and psychologicalfactors.
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