3. Nutrition & Healthy Eating

Why are adults giving food treats to children?

Project Reference:




Commencement Date:

February 2017

Project Duration:

15 months


 A mixed and multiple methods approach will be taken to understand the nature of food treat behaviours among adults on the island of Ireland. The study will explore perspectives from a cross-section of society drawing on views of parents, grandparents, teachers, carers, sports and leisure trainers/facilitators who care for children, to identify their rationales for providing particular foods from behavioural, nutritional and emotional perspectives and the socio-environmental contexts in which these decisions are made.

Principal Contractor(s):

Dr Celine Murrin, University College Dublin


Prof Barabara Livingstone, Ulster University 

Dr John Kearney, Dublin Institute of Technology 

Dr Kirsty Pourshahidi, Ulster University

Dr Robert Mooney, Amarach