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Nutrition label use partially mediates the relationship between attitude toward healthy eating and overall dietary quality among college students.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22896856     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Individuals who frequently read nutrition labels tend to both value healthy eating and engage in healthy dietary practices more than individuals who read labels infrequently. However, the relationship between label use, attitude toward healthy eating, and dietary quality remains unclear, particularly among young adults, about whom little is known with regard to nutrition label use. Our study investigated whether nutrition label use mediates the relationship between eating-related attitudes and dietary behaviors among young adult college students. Using cross-sectional online survey data collected in 2010 from a convenience sample in Minneapolis/St Paul, MN (598 attending a 2-year community college; 603 attending a public 4-year university; mean age 21.5 years; 53.4% nonwhite; 52.5% women), study findings indicate that students who reported frequently reading nutrition labels were more likely to have healthier dietary intakes (eg, less fast food and added sugar; more fiber, fruits, and vegetables) compared to those who read labels sometimes or rarely (P<0.001). Further, frequent nutrition label use was a significant partial mediator of the relationship between eating-related attitude (ie, feeling that it is important to prepare healthy meals) and dietary quality, indicating that label use may be one means by which individuals who value healthy eating translate their attitude into healthy eating behaviors. Even among those who did not believe it was important to prepare healthy meals, frequent nutrition label use was significantly associated with healthier dietary intake, suggesting that label use may operate independently of nutrition-related attitude in contributing to healthful diet.
Dan J Graham; Melissa N Laska
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics     Volume:  112     ISSN:  2212-2672     ISO Abbreviation:  J Acad Nutr Diet     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-15     Completed Date:  2012-08-20     Revised Date:  2013-07-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101573920     Medline TA:  J Acad Nutr Diet     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  414-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55454, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Diet / standards*
Food Labeling*
Health Behavior*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Nutrition Assessment
Nutrition Surveys
Students / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Young Adult
Grant Support
1 U54 CA116849-01/CA/NCI NIH HHS; K07 CA126837/CA/NCI NIH HHS; K07 CA126837-01A2/CA/NCI NIH HHS; K07 CA126837-02/CA/NCI NIH HHS; K07 CA126837-02S1/CA/NCI NIH HHS; K07 CA126837-03/CA/NCI NIH HHS; K07 CA126837-04/CA/NCI NIH HHS; K07 CA126837-05/CA/NCI NIH HHS; K07CA126837/CA/NCI NIH HHS

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