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Journal of Obesity
Volume 2018, Article ID 4061385, 7 pages
Research Article

Association of Dietary Habits and Interest for Food and Science versus Weight Status in Children Aged 8 to 18 Years

Department of Family Medicine and Chronic Care, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium

Correspondence should be addressed to Dirk Devroey;

Received 9 April 2017; Revised 26 July 2017; Accepted 29 November 2017; Published 21 January 2018

Academic Editor: Paul Van Royen

Copyright © 2018 Els Vanderhulst et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. This study aims to describe the association between dietary habits and weight status and the interest in food and science. Methods. We examined in a cross-sectional study 525 children aged between 8 and 18 years, who attended the Brussels Food Fair or the Belgian Science Day in 2013. They were divided into three groups: special interest in science, special interest in food, and a general control group. They completed a questionnaire, and body parameters were measured. The weight status of the children was identified using the growth charts and the calculated BMI. Results. In total, 525 children were included: 290 children in the reference group, 194 in the food group, and 41 in the science group. The prevalence of overweight and obesity was 28% in the general control group, 14% in the food group, and 15% in the science group. Breakfast and dinner were skipped more often by children with overweight or obesity. Children from the food and science groups had more sweets and meat, had less fruit, and skipped less meals. Conclusion. In our study, 28% of the reference group had overweight or obesity. The children with special interest in food or science differed from the control group.