|Parents’ perspective on aspects of the school food policy|
|School food rules|
|“Does your child’s school have rules about the food and drinks children are allowed to consume during…”|
|Compliance with school food rules *|
|“Do you comply with the food rules?”|
|Reasons for non-compliance with school food rules**|
|“Why do you not always comply with the school food rules?”|
|Nothing else available at home||78||37.9|
|Almost no-one sticks to food rules||11||5.4|
|Child takes his/her own snack||36||17.5|
|Not always aware of rules||20||9.7|
|Disagree with rules||16||7.8|
|Almost no-one sticks to food rules||42||22.7|
|Not always aware of rules||14||7.6|
|Disagree with rules||19||10.3|
|Nothing else available at home||17||25.0|
|Almost no-one sticks to food rules||4||5.9|
|Child takes his/her own snack||6||8.8|
|Not always aware of rules||11||16.1|
|Disagree with rules||14||20.6|
|Enforcement of school food rules***|
|“ I believe that my child’s school should more strongly enforce the food rules for morning breaks and classroom celebrations”|
|Appreciation of food rules***|
|“I appreciate that my child’s school has food rules about the food children are allowed to eat during morning breaks”|
|“I appreciate that my child’s school has food rules about the food children are allowed to offer during classroom celebrations”|
|Role of the school in fostering healthy eating habits among children***|
|“it is a responsibility of the school to foster healthy eating habits among children”|
* Answering categories ranged from “yes, always” to “no, never” on a 5-point scale. For the purpose of analysis the variables were classified into “always” (‘yes, always) versus “not always” (‘yes, usually’, ‘no, usually not’, ‘sometimes’ and ‘no, never’).
** Multiple answers possible.
***Answering categories ranged from “completely agree” to “completely disagree” on a 5-point scale. For the purpose of analysis the variables were classified into “agree” (‘completely agree’ and ‘agree’); “no opinion” and “disagree” (‘disagree’ and ‘completely disagree’).
van Ansem et al.
van Ansem et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:339 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-339