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Environmental and individual factors affecting menu labeling utilization: a qualitative research study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23402695     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Obesity is a prominent public health concern that disproportionally affects low-income and minority populations. Recent policies mandating the posting of calories on menus in fast-food chain restaurants have not proven to uniformly influence food choice. This qualitative research study used focus groups to study individual and environmental factors affecting the use of these menu labels among low-income minority populations. Ten focus groups targeting low-income residents (n=105) were held at various community organizations throughout New York City over a 9-month period in 2011. The focus groups were conducted in Spanish, English, or a combination of both languages. In late 2011 and early 2012, transcripts were coded through the process of thematic analysis using Atlas.ti for naturally emerging themes, influences, and determinants of food choice. Few participants used menu labels, despite awareness. The most frequently cited as barriers to menu label use included: price and time constraints, confusion and lack of understanding about caloric values, as well as the priority of preference, hunger, and habitual ordering habits. Based on the individual and external influences on food choice that often take priority over calorie consideration, a modified approach may be necessary to make menu labels more effective and user-friendly.
Jennifer Schindler; Kamila Kiszko; Courtney Abrams; Nadia Islam; Brian Elbel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.     Date:  2013-02-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics     Volume:  113     ISSN:  2212-2672     ISO Abbreviation:  J Acad Nutr Diet     Publication Date:  2013 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-04-22     Completed Date:  2013-06-19     Revised Date:  2014-05-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101573920     Medline TA:  J Acad Nutr Diet     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  667-72     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2013 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Choice Behavior
Costs and Cost Analysis
Decision Making
Diet / economics,  psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Energy Intake / physiology*
Focus Groups
Food Labeling*
Health Behavior
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Middle Aged
Minority Groups / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
New York City
Obesity / epidemiology,  prevention & control*
Public Health
Qualitative Research
Young Adult
Grant Support

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