Dietary intakes of Pacific, Māori, Asian and European adolescents: the Auckland High School Heart Survey
Article first published online: 9 FEB 2010
© 2010 The Authors. Journal Compilation © 2010 Public Health Association of Australia
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 32–37, February 2010
How to Cite
Sluyter, J. D., Schaaf, D., Metcalf, P. A. and Scragg, R. K. R. (2010), Dietary intakes of Pacific, Māori, Asian and European adolescents: the Auckland High School Heart Survey. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 34: 32–37. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00470.x
- Issue published online: 9 FEB 2010
- Article first published online: 9 FEB 2010
- Submitted: May 2009 Revision requested: July 2009 Accepted: August 2009
- diet survey;
Objective: To compare dietary intakes of European, Māori, Pacific Island and Asian adolescents living in Auckland.
Methods: A self-administered food frequency questionnaire was used to assess daily nutrient intakes of 2,549 14- to 21-year-old high-school students in Auckland (1,422 male and 1,127 female) in a cross-sectional survey carried out between 1997 and 1998.
Results: Compared with Europeans, Māori and Pacific Islanders consumed more energy per day. Carbohydrate, protein and fat intakes were higher in Māori and Pacific Islanders than in Europeans. Cholesterol intakes were lowest in Europeans and alcohol intakes were highest in Europeans and Māori. When nutrient intakes were expressed as their percentage contribution to total energy, many ethnic differences in nutrient intakes between Europeans and Māori or Pacific Islanders were eliminated. After adjustment for energy intake and age, Europeans ate the fewest eggs, and Pacific Islanders and Asians ate more servings of chicken and fish, and fewer servings of milk and cereal than Europeans. Compared to Europeans, Pacific Islanders consumed larger portion sizes for nearly every food item.
Conclusion: There were marked differences in nutrient intakes between Pacific, Māori, Asian and European adolescents. Ethnic differences in food selections, frequency of food servings and portion sizes contribute to the differences in nutrient intakes between these ethnic groups. These differences generally matched those of other studies in children and adults from these ethnic groups.
Implications: Interventions that reduce frequency of food consumption and serving sizes and promote less-fatty food choices in Māori and Pacific adolescents are needed.