Beverage Consumption of Filipino Children and Adolescents
(7th National Nutrition Survey): National Concerns
and Potential Policy Implications


Maria Julia Golloso-Gubat, RND, MSc, Edward Vincent J. Magtibay, RND,
BS, Glen Melvin P. Gironella, BS, Merlyn G. Tajan, BS, MPS-FNP, and Ma. Adrienne S. Constantino, RND, BS

Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology
DOST Complex, Bicutan, Taguig City

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The extent of contribution of beverage intake to obesity in Filipino children and adolescents is unknown. The present study determined the amount of beverages consumed by Filipino children and adolescents and the association of energy intake from beverages with BMI. This is a cross-sectional study utilizing 24-hr food recall data from the 7th National Nutrition Survey (NNS). Mean amounts of beverages consumed and corresponding energy intake from beverages were calculated utilizing descriptive statistics; one-way ANOVA to determine and compare mean energy intake from beverages by BMI-for-age z-scores category. Pearson’s correlation analysis was utilized to test the association between the mean energy intake per day from beverages and BMI. Beverages contributed 17% and 3% to mean energy intake per day of pre-school children, and schoolchildren and adolescents, respectively. Association between energy intake from beverages and BMI was significant but weak. Results indicated that beverages contribute a small amount to mean energy intake of children and adolescents. Although consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages was noted, caloric intake from beverages was weakly associated with BMI. Nevertheless, beverage consumption pose potential nutritional consequences that can be translated into home and school guidelines/ recommendations and strengthen national policy options that would encourage healthy beverage choices.



Survey data from different countries indicated a growing epidemic of childhood obesity in developed and urbanized populations (Ebbeling et al. 2002; Lobstein et al. 2004; Wang and Lobstein 2006) and in developing countries (Wang and Lobstein 2006; Gupta et al. 2012). In the Philippines where undernutrition coexists, there is a continued increase in the prevalence rates of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents from 2003 to 2011. . . . . read more

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