Outline of the Sixth Longitudinal Survey of Babies in 21st Century

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Japanese

(2) Particular Points of Care at Mealtime

The proportion of responses with “do not eat while playing” to particular points of care at mealtime was large.

With regard to particular points of care at mealtime (multiple answers), “do not eat while playing” accounted for the largest proportion of 76.4%, followed by “greetings (say “thank you for the meal” before and after eating)” 72.5%. Meanwhile, “turn off TV” accounted for the smallest proportion of 29.2%.

According to sex and sibling composition, the proportion of “do not eat while playing” was the largest, followed by “greetings” regardless of sex and sibling composition, showing a tendency similar to the total (Table 12).

Table 12Particular points of care at mealtime according to sex and sibling
composition (multiple answers)
(Unit: %)
  Total Particular points of care at mealtime (multiple answers)
Greetings (say
“thank you for
the meal” before
and after eating)
Posture
while
eating
How to
hold a
bowl or
chopsticks
Do not
waste
food
Do not
eat while
playing
Eat a
meal
all
Do not leave
the table
during a
meal
Turn
off TV
Total

(100.0)

100.0

72.5

65.0

50.0

64.8

76.4

54.8

58.1

29.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boys

(51.9)

100.0

72.2

65.0

49.5

65.1

77.1

55.9

59.1

29.6

Girls

(48.1)

100.0

72.9

65.0

50.5

64.5

75.7

53.6

56.9

28.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alone

(16.3)

100.0

75.0

62.2

48.5

61.0

75.3

46.2

54.3

23.9

Younger sibling(s) only

(32.2)

100.0

74.3

64.7

46.9

67.9

78.8

57.3

60.8

33.6

Elder sibling(s) only

(41.3)

100.0

70.2

65.5

52.3

63.1

74.9

54.3

56.7

26.8

Both elder and
younger siblings

(9.7)

100.0

73.0

68.9

53.1

68.6

76.8

63.0

60.8

33.4

Notes:
1) The figures are based on the total responses in the 6th survey (total number of replies: 38,535).
2) The total includes “unknown” concerning the sibling composition.

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