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Access to excess: how do adolescents deal with unhealthy foods in their environment?
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PMID:  23329704     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Purpose: Easy access to unhealthy foods is believed to contribute to the current overweight epidemic. It remains unclear, however, how access to unhealthy foods is related to self-regulation of food intake. This study tests the hypothesis that using self-regulation strategies buffers the negative influences of easy access to unhealthy foods. METHODS: Cross-sectional survey data from 2764 adolescents aged 10-17 years from four European countries (The Netherlands, UK, Poland and Portugal) about use of self-regulation strategies, access to unhealthy foods and intake of unhealthy foods (sweet and salty snacks and sugar-sweetened beverages) were used. RESULTS: Both access to unhealthy foods and use of self-regulation strategies were independently, but in opposing directions, related to intake of unhealthy foods. Easy access to unhealthy food products was associated with higher consumption, but this effect could be attenuated by use of self-regulation strategies to facilitate healthy eating even when the food environment tempts one to do otherwise. CONCLUSIONS: Health promotion policy and programs should not only address the food environment but could also teach young people better strategies to deal with it.
Emely de Vet; John B F de Wit; Aleks Luszczynska; F Marijn Stok; Tania Gaspar; Michelle Pratt; Jane Wardle; Denise T D de Ridder
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of public health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1464-360X     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Public Health     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9204966     Medline TA:  Eur J Public Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
1 Clinical and Health Psychology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
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