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Healthy midlife Canadian women: how bone health is considered in their food choice systems.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21029215     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
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BACKGROUND: The incidence of osteoporosis is predicted to increase as Western populations age. Diet is considered to be an important modifiable factor in bone health, yet the diets of many women are insufficient in calcium and vitamin D, which comprise two key nutrients for bone health. This focus group study explored ways in which midlife women consider bone health in their personal food choice systems.
METHODS: Data were obtained in six audio-recorded focus groups from a total of 36 women from upper, middle and lower income neighbourhoods. Open and axial coding and thematic analysis revealed shared and unique themes across and within the income groups. Use of member checks, peer debriefing, and independent and team data analysis enhanced rigour in the findings.
RESULTS: All participants were aware of osteoporosis. Most women idealised making simple food decisions and eating for 'holistic' health, but not specifically for bone health. Most midlife women were not motivated to change their diets, few had deliberately increased their intake of calcium and vitamin D through foods and supplements, and few others had simplified their food decisions.
CONCLUSIONS: Midlife women in the present study did not make eating for bone health a priority in their food choice systems. Instead, women wanted to eat for 'holistic' health, and only by implication bone health.
Authors:
G K Hammond; G E Chapman; S I Barr
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-10-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of human nutrition and dietetics : the official journal of the British Dietetic Association     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1365-277X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hum Nutr Diet     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-07     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8904840     Medline TA:  J Hum Nutr Diet     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  61-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 The British Dietetic Association Ltd.
Affiliation:
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. gail.hammond@ubc.ca
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