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Relationship of attitudes toward fast food and frequency of fast-food intake in adults.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19247277     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of the study was to examine the association between attitudes toward fast food and the frequency of fast-food intake in adults. This study is a cross-sectional evaluation of random digit-dial telephone surveys to identify patterns of eating away from home and attitudes toward it. Participants included 530 adults (94% white, 65% women, 70% married, 42% with college educated). Attitudes toward fast food was measured using an 11-item, 4-dimensional scale: perceived convenience of fast food (alpha=0.56); fast food is fun and social (alpha=0.55); fast food perceived as unhealthful (alpha=0.45); and dislike toward cooking (alpha=0.52). Frequency of fast-food intake was found to be significantly associated with age (odds ratios (OR)=0.981, P=0.001), gender (men>women), and marital status of the participants (single>married/partnered and divorced/separated/widowed). Additionally, frequency of fast-food intake was also found to be significantly associated with perceived convenience of fast food (OR=1.162, P<0.001) and dislike toward cooking (OR=1.119, P<0.001) but not with perceived unhealthfulness of fast food (OR=0.692, P=0.207). These findings suggest public education regarding the unhealthfulness of fast food may not influence fast food consumption. Interventions targeting the issue of convenience and quick or efficient preparation of nutritious alternatives to fast food could be more promising.
Jayna M Dave; Lawrence C An; Robert W Jeffery; Jasjit S Ahluwalia
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-02-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.)     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1930-7381     ISO Abbreviation:  Obesity (Silver Spring)     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-07-08     Completed Date:  2009-07-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101264860     Medline TA:  Obesity (Silver Spring)     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1164-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Cross-Sectional Studies
Diet / adverse effects*
Diet Surveys
Food Preferences*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Promotion
Life Style*
Marital Status
Middle Aged
Odds Ratio
Risk Assessment
Risk Factors
Sex Factors
Young Adult

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