Journal Article

Mother's Nutrition Knowledge and Children's Dietary Intakes

Jayachandran N. Variyam, James Blaylock, Biing-Hwan Lin, Katherine Ralston and David Smallwood

in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 81, issue 2, pages 373-384
Published in print May 1999 | ISSN: 0002-9092
Published online May 1999 | e-ISSN: 1467-8276 | DOI:
Mother's Nutrition Knowledge and Children's Dietary Intakes

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This article uses U.S. food consumption data to examine the effect of maternal nutrition knowledge on the dietary intakes of children between two and seventeen years of age. Results show that maternal knowledge influences children's diets and that such influence decreases as children grow older. Nutrition knowledge acts as a pathway through which maternal education influences children's diets. This finding supports the hypothesis that education affects health-related choices by raising the allocative efficiency of health input use. The results suggest that nutrition education may be more effective if targeted both toward mothers with young children and directly toward school-age children.

Keywords: household production model; latent variable; nutrient intakes; nutrition education; I120; J130

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Subjects: Demographic Economics ; Economics of Health

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