TitleExecutive cognitive function and food intake in children.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsRiggs, NR, Spruijt-Metz, D, Sakuma, K-L, Chou, C-P, Pentz, MAnn
JournalJournal of nutrition education and behavior
Date Published2010 Nov-Dec

OBJECTIVE: The current study investigated relations among neurocognitive skills important for behavioral regulation, and the intake of fruit, vegetables, and snack food in children. DESIGN: Participants completed surveys at a single time point. SETTING: Assessments took place during school. PARTICIPANTS: Participants were 107 fourth-grade children from a large US city. Ninety-one percent were Latino, and 4% were African-American, which represented school ethnic distribution. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Independent variable included was self-reported executive cognitive function (ECF). Dependent variables included self-reported fruit, vegetable, and snack food intake. ANALYSES: Primary analyses general linear regression models covarying for appropriate demographic variables. RESULTS: Analyses demonstrated that ECF proficiency was negatively related to snack food intake, but was not significantly related to fruit and vegetable intake. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Since ECF is correlated with snack food intake, future studies may consider assessing the potential of enhancing ECF in health promotion interventions.