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Environmental, parental, and personal influences on food choice, access, and overweight status among homeless children.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17669567     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In-depth interviews were conducted with homeless children (n=56, aged 6-13 years) in an urban center in Minnesota, USA, to determine factors influencing food choice, food access, and weight status, with interview questions developed using the Social Cognitive Theory. Interview transcripts were coded and then evaluated both collectively and by weight status (<85th percentile=normal weight vs. > or = 85th percentile=overweight). Forty-five percent of children were overweight. Environmental, parental, and personal factors emerged as common themes influencing food access and choice. Despite children's personal food preferences, homelessness and the shelter environment created restrictive conditions that influenced food choice and access. Shelter rules, lack of adequate storage and cooking facilities, and limited food stores near the shelter, impacted the type and quality of food choices, ultimately affecting hunger, weight status, and perceived health.
Rickelle Richards; Chery Smith
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-07-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social science & medicine (1982)     Volume:  65     ISSN:  0277-9536     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Sci Med     Publication Date:  2007 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-09-24     Completed Date:  2008-01-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8303205     Medline TA:  Soc Sci Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1572-83     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Choice Behavior*
Food Habits / psychology*
Homeless Youth*
Interviews as Topic
Overweight / epidemiology*
Parent-Child Relations*
United States

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