Investigating change in eating patterns from adolescence to adulthood: a preliminary analysis

Lake, Amelia, Craigie, Angela, Gibbons, M. R. D., Hyland, Robert, Rugg-Gunn, Andrew, Mathers, John and Adamson, Ashley (2002) Investigating change in eating patterns from adolescence to adulthood: a preliminary analysis. In: The 10th Food Choice Conference 2002, 30 June – 2 July 2002, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/appe.2001.0504

Abstract

Few studies have examined the longitudinal dietary intake between adolescence and adulthood (Berteke et al., 2001). Longitudinal dietary data were collected in 1980 and 2000 (average age 11 6 and 32 5 years, respectively) in Northumberland, England. Two questionnaires (2000) and 198 2,3-d food diaries (1980 and 2000) were completed. Foods consumed were assigned one of the five food categories from The Balance of Good Health (Health Education Authority, 1994). This analysis examines both the fixed and open ended questionnaire response to the statement, ``When I was 11±13 years old my food intake was healthier than it is now'', in comparison to difference in percent of total weight of intake between 2000 and 1980 from the five food categories. Respondents either disagreed (group 1, n 96), nei- ther agreed nor disagreed (group 2, n 57) or agreed (group 3, n 45) with the above statement. Group 1 showed a significantly greater increase in fruit and vegetable and decrease in fatty and/or sugary food consumption compared with group 3 ( p 0 00, p 0 008, respec- tively). Respondents in group 3 mentioned no longer having ``set meals'', and demands of work. Group 1 respondents cited increased knowledge regarding health and nutrition and often criticised parents, associating their early adolescent diet with fried foods and limited variety.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Conference paper presented at the 10th Food Choice Conference 30 June – 2 July 2002 held in Wageningen, The Netherlands with a plenary symposium on 'Sensible policies for nutrition and life-style intervention'.
Subjects: B400 Nutrition
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2010 07:46
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:51
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3581

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