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Motivations for fruit and vegetable consumption in the UK Women's Cohort Study.
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PMID:  12003661     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Despite recommendations to increase fruit and vegetable consumption within the UK population, intakes are still too low. In order to stimulate dietary behaviour change the determinants of food choice need to be explored. OBJECTIVES: To investigate how the priorities of high consumers of fruit and vegetables differ from those of low consumers, with respect to food choice motivations, and to identify what value high and low consumers place on different aspects of food choice behaviour. DESIGN: A 4-day food diary and a questionnaire, including The Food Choice Questionnaire (FCQ) and a measure of Stage of Change (SOC) for fruit and vegetable consumption, were administered to subjects. Motivation scores from the FCQ were compared with fruit and vegetable intake and SOC data. SUBJECTS: Nine hundred and ninety-eight females, aged 35-69 years, participating in the UK Women's Cohort Study. RESULTS: In a multiple linear regression model, including age, education level and all FCQ motivations, the strongest motivations specifically affecting fruit and vegetable intake were health and natural content. It was found that, for a one point increase (measured on a scale of 0-4) in health and natural content scores, fruit and vegetable consumption increased by 1.11 portions (95% confidence interval (CI) 0.5-1.7) and 0.84 portions (95% CI 0.4-1.3), respectively The SOC evaluation showed significant associations with portions of fruit and vegetables consumed Women whose SOC was classed as maintenance phase were found to score higher on health, natural content, weight control and ethical concern factors These women also scored lower on convenience questions CONCLUSION: In this particular group of women the most important motivating factors for food choice, within the high fruit and vegetable consumers, were health and natural content of the food.
Jennie Pollard; Darren Greenwood; Sara Kirk; Janet Cade
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health nutrition     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1368-9800     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Nutr     Publication Date:  2002 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-05-10     Completed Date:  2002-10-10     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808463     Medline TA:  Public Health Nutr     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  479-86     Citation Subset:  IM    
Nutrition Epidemiology Group, Nuffield Institute For Health, University of Leeds, 71-75 Clarendon Road, LS2 9PL.
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MeSH Terms
Behavior / physiology
Cohort Studies
Diet Records
Diet Surveys*
Food Preferences / psychology*
Great Britain
Linear Models
Middle Aged

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