A review of factors affecting the food choices of disadvantaged women

Lawrence, W. and Barker, M. (2009) A review of factors affecting the food choices of disadvantaged women. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 68, (2), 189-194. (doi:10.1017/S0029665109001013).


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The diets of young women are important not just for their own health but also for the long-term health of their offspring. Unbalanced unvaried diets are more common amongst poor and disadvantaged women. If the diets of these women are to be improved, it is first necessary to understand why they make the food choices they do. Influences on women's food choices range from the global to the individual: environmental factors, such as difficulty in acquiring and affording good-quality healthy foods; social support and social relationships, such as those with parents, spouses and children; life transitions, such as leaving home, living with a partner or having children; individual factors, such as having low perceived control or self-efficacy in making food choices and placing a low value on health in general and on their own health in particular. These interrelated factors all influence food choice, suggesting that if the diets of disadvantaged women are to be improved, it will be necessary to do more than simply educate about the link between diet and health

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1017/S0029665109001013
Additional Information: The 1st Summer Nutrition Workshop of the International Society for Developmental Origins of Adult Health and Disease on ‘Changing nutrition behaviour to improve maternal and fetal health’ was held 04 July 2008 at the University of Nottingham, in association with the Nutrition Society, Physiological Society and Early Nutrition Academy
ISSNs: 0029-6651 (print)
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Keywords: food choice, disadvantage, women's health, psychology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
ePrint ID: 68865
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
May 2009Published
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:54
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/68865

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