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Food cravings, ethnicity and other factors related to eating out.
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PMID:  17031006     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to study factors related to eating patterns, specifically whether certain food cravings were associated with frequency of meals eaten away from home. METHODS: Data were collected from 277 patients from a family medicine residency office in Arizona. The survey questionnaire included information about the respondents' demographics, socioeconomic status, food cravings, as well as, number of meals eaten away from home. The food craving inventory included foods in four categories identified by factor analysis: fast foods, carbohydrates, sweets and snacks. Data on food cravings were factor analyzed and scale scores were derived. RESULTS: Being a Hispanic adult, working outside the home, and cravings for individual food items were related to eating more meals away from home. If the mother was working outside the home, the youngest child ate an average of two additional meals away from home each week. In general respondent's cravings for some specific food items were also related to higher numbers of meals their child ate away from home. Cravings for both fast food and snacks were positively correlated with adult eating out. None of the respondents' scale scores were related to child's eating away from home. Adults with Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System insurance (AHCCCS--a form of Medicaid) and older adults were less likely to eat away from home compared to patients with other types of insurance. CONCLUSIONS: Socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and food cravings are related to adult and child patterns of eating meals away from home.
Violet Perez Siwik; Janet H Senf
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American College of Nutrition     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0731-5724     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Coll Nutr     Publication Date:  2006 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-10-10     Completed Date:  2007-01-09     Revised Date:  2008-06-23    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8215879     Medline TA:  J Am Coll Nutr     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  382-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA.
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MeSH Terms
African Americans / statistics & numerical data
Aged, 80 and over
Asian Americans / statistics & numerical data
Ethnic Groups / statistics & numerical data*
European Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data
Factor Analysis, Statistical
Food Habits / ethnology*
Hispanic Americans / statistics & numerical data
Indians, North American / statistics & numerical data
Insurance, Health
Middle Aged
Social Class
Socioeconomic Factors

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