Open Journal of Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Background: The consumption of added sugar is one of the most dangerous problems regarding the health of society’s youngest generation. Children today consume added sugar at an alarming rate, on average surpassing the daily limit recommended by the American Heart Association. This study aims to educate and empower the child and adolescent population for the purpose of increasing knowledge and improving dietary practices. Methods: An educational program, entitled “Sugar Shenanigans” was delivered to groups of children between the ages of 8 and 13. Data was gathered from pre- and post-tests and “Impact Level Questionnaire” surveys for both participants and parents/guardians of the participants. Data was analyzed using one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) statistics. the c Results: A total of 54 participants met riteria to be surveyed. Scores displayed an overall mean improvement from 9.89 average correct pretest answers to 12.52 correct posttest answers. Based on a 36-hour dietary recall, participants consumed more fruit and vegetables one-month post-presentation compared to the numbers reported prior to the presentation. According to the “Impact Level Questionnaire ” 61% of participants reported a positive or healthy change in their eating habits, and 48% reported being fed healthier foods following the program. C usions: An educational program to increase knowledge and promote reduction of the excessive consumption of sugar by participants and their parents/guardians resulted in improved understanding and a change in dietary habits.
Krazl, A. and Mailow, T. (2022) Sugar Shenanigans: Curbing the Added Sugar Epidemic in Children and Adolescents. Open Journal of Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases, 12, 184-195. doi: 10.4236/ojemd.2022.128014.
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