Dietary outcomes of the healthy dads healthy kids randomised controlled trial

J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2012 Oct;55(4):408-11. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0b013e318259aee6.


Fathers have not been exclusively targeted in family-based lifestyle programmes. The aim was to determine whether dietary intakes of fathers and children can be improved, following an intervention targeting fathers. Overweight and obese fathers (n=50, 21-65 years, body mass index [mean ± standard deviation] 33.3 ± 4.1) and their children (5-12 years) were recruited. Dietary intake was assessed at baseline and 6 months (n=35) by food frequency questionnaire. Linear mixed models determined differences by time. Fathers significantly reduced portion size (P=0.03) but not energy intakes, whereas children reduced energy intakes (kJ) (P=0.02). There is an opportunity to target fathers as to improve child intakes.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Diet Surveys
  • Diet*
  • Energy Intake*
  • Fathers*
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / diet therapy*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires