Tracking of dietary intake and factors associated with dietary change from early adolescence to adulthood: the ASH30 Study

Lake, Amelia, Adamson, Ashley, Craigie, Angela, Rugg-Gunn, Andrew and Mathers, John (2009) Tracking of dietary intake and factors associated with dietary change from early adolescence to adulthood: the ASH30 Study. Obesity Facts, 2 (3). pp. 157-165. ISSN 1662-4025

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Abstract

Objective
This paper describes the tracking of food intake from adolescence to adulthood according to location as an adult (at the time of the follow-up study) and gender. Additionally this paper explores factors associated with change in food intake.

Method
Two 3-day food diaries, demographic and socio-economic information were collected in 1980 and 2000 from the same 198 participants (81 male, 117 female). Foods consumed were assigned to the five categories in The Balance of Good Health (BGH) food model. The tracking of food intake was assessed using Pearson correlation analyses. In 2000 two questionnaires were completed. Demographic and key attributional factors, derived from closed and open-ended responses to the questionnaire, were compared with measured change using regression analysis.

Results
There was significant tracking of intake by food group from adolescence to adulthood according to location as an adult and gender. Eight combinations of descriptive variables and questionnaire factors were associated with change in intake of four of the five BGH food groups.

Conclusion
Between adolescence and adulthood, dietary tracking is influenced by variables including gender and location. Attributions for change in food intake were associated with measured changes in food intake. In order to support healthier eating habits, it is important to be aware of factors contributing to changes in food intake, such as parental influences and perceived influences of time and work.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: food intake, adolescence, adulthood
Subjects: B400 Nutrition
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2010 09:38
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:44
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/553

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