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Table 3 Food/meal related activities by age (N = 31)

From: Utility of eButton images for identifying food preparation behaviors and meal-related tasks in adolescents

Activity Age range
  9 to 11a 12 to 13b Ttl (%)c
Sample Size 18 (100%) 13 (100%) 31 (100%)
Browsing
 Pantry 7 (38.9) 9 (69.2) 16 (51.6)
 Fridge 11 (61.6) 11 (84.6) 22 (71)
 Grocery Store 2 (11.1) 0 (0) 2 (6.5)
 Convenience Store or Café Counter 4 (22.2) 1 (7.7) 5 (16.1)
 Kitchen Counter 3 (16.7) 2 (15.4) 5 (16.1)
 At School 3 (16.7) 0 (0) 3 (9.7)
Altering Food on Plate/Adding Seasoning 4 (22.2) 3 (23.1) 7 (22.6)
Food Media, Recipes, Cookbooks, Photo 0 (0) 3 (23.1) 3 (9.7)
Tasks
 Plating 3 (16.7) 6 (46.2) 9 (29)
 Getting Drinks 10 (55.6) 8 (61.5) 18 (58.1)
 Clearing and/or washing dishes 13 (72.2) 9 (69.2) 22 (71)
 Setting the Table 1 (5.6) 0 (0) 1 (3.2)
Prep Work
 Washing and/or Peeling Produce 0 (0) 4 (30.8) 4 (12.9)
 Cutting 2 (11.1) 2 (15.4) 4 (12.9)
 Cracking Eggs 0 (0) 1 (7.7) 1 (3.2)
 Combining 2+ ingredients by hand 8 (44.4) 6 (46.2) 14 (45.2)
 Measuring 1 (5.6) 3 (23.1) 4 (12.9)
 Unwrapping 7 (38.9) 6 (46.2) 13 (41.9)
 Using Blender, Mixer, Small appliance 0 (0) 1 (7.7) 1 (3.2)
Observing
 Food Selection by Adults 0 (0) 4 (30.8) 4 (12.9)
 Food Selection by Peers 3 (16.7) 2 (15.4) 5 (16.1)
 Any Food Preparation by Adults 9 (50.0) 7 (53.8) 16 (51.6)
 Any Food Preparation by Peers 0 (0) 2 (15.4) 2 (6.5)
Cooking
 Stove 3 (16.7) 2 (15.4) 5 (16.1)
 Oven (Baking) 0 (0) 1 (7.7) 1 (3.2)
 Microwave 3 (16.7) 4 (30.8) 7 (22.6)
  1. Table 3: Food/meal related activities by age. Table showing frequencies of activity by major and sub category. Totals indicate number of children who demonstrated each individual behavior at least one time through the course of a day
  2. a= # of participants between the ages of 9–11 demonstrating behavior (# participants/total number of 9–11 year olds (n = 18))
  3. b= # of participants between the ages of 12–13 demonstrating behavior (# participants/total number of 12–13 year olds (n = 13))
  4. c= total # of participants demonstrating behavior in all age groups (# participants/total sample (n = 31))