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Perceptions of healthful eating and influences on the food choices of Appalachian youth.
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PMID:  22269474     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Patterns of overweight and obesity have an unequal geographic distribution, and there are elevated rates in Appalachia. Perceptions of Appalachian youth toward healthful eating and influences on food choice were examined as part of formative research to address these disparities.
METHODS: Eleven focus groups, averaging 6 youth (n = 68) and moderated by experienced local residents, were conducted with participants aged 8-17. Session transcripts were coded for thematic analysis, using measures to enhance rigor and transferability.
RESULTS: Participants discussed numerous internal and external factors affecting dietary choices. They expressed confidence in their own nutritional knowledge, and they stressed the importance of taste preferences, cost, convenience, social influences, and advertising on diet.
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Appalachian youth awareness of the multiple influences on diet may create opportunities for multifaceted, ecologically based interventions. In particular, participants stressed the importance of social influences on diet and on successful nutrition programming.
Mark Swanson; Nancy E Schoenberg; Rian Davis; Sherry Wright; Kaye Dollarhide
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2012-01-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nutrition education and behavior     Volume:  45     ISSN:  1878-2620     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-03-11     Completed Date:  2013-04-25     Revised Date:  2014-03-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101132622     Medline TA:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  147-53     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2013 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Appalachian Region
Choice Behavior*
Cultural Characteristics
Diet / standards*
Focus Groups
Health Behavior*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Status
Obesity / epidemiology,  prevention & control
Self Concept
Social Perception*
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