The contribution of at-home and away-from-home food to dietary intake among 2-13y Mexican children.

Editor(s): Smith Tallie L, Afeiche MC, Eldridge AL, Popkin BM..

Dietary intake data were collected via one 24 h recall in the 2012 Mexican National Health and Nutrition Survey (ENSANUT) for children aged 2–5 years (n=1905) and 6–13 years (n=2868). Children consumed the majority of daily energy at home. The most typical away-from-home eating location was school, followed by the street. The most common foods consumed away from home were wheat/rice and corn mixed dishes, sugar-sweetened beverages, pastries/candy/desserts, milk (2–5-year-olds only) and salty snacks (6–13-year-olds). There were no differences by urban residence. However, the percentage of foods consumed or purchased away from home increased with age and with socio-economic status.

Smith Tallie L, Afeiche MC, Eldridge AL, Popkin BM. The contribution of at-home and away-from-home food to dietary intake among 2-13y Mexican children. Pub Health Nutr. 2016;20:2559-68. doi:10.1017/S1368980016002196