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Constraints on the food choices of women with lower educational attainment

Barker, M., Lawrence, W.T., Skinner, T.C., Haslam, C.O., Robinson, S.M., Inskip, H.M., Margetts, B.M., Jackson, A.A., Barker, D.J.P. and Cooper, C. Food Choice Group, University of Southampton (2008) Constraints on the food choices of women with lower educational attainment Public Health Nutrition, 11, (12), pp. 1229-1237. (doi:10.1017/S136898000800178X). (PMID:18298884).

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Abstract

Objective: women of lower educational attainment have less balanced and varied diets than women of higher educational attainment. The diets of women are vital to the long-term health of their offspring. The present study aimed to identify factors that influence the food choices of women with lower educational attainment and how women could be helped to improve those choices.

Design: we conducted eight focus group discussions with women of lower educational attainment to identify these factors. We contrasted the results of these discussions with those from three focus group discussions with women of higher educational attainment.

Setting: Southampton, UK.

Subjects: forty-two white Caucasian women of lower educational attainment and fourteen of higher educational attainment aged 18 to 44 years.

Results: the dominant theme in discussions with women of lower educational attainment was their sense that they lacked control over food choices for themselves and their families. Partners and children exerted a high degree of control over which foods were bought and prepared. Women’s perceptions of the cost of healthy food, the need to avoid waste, being trapped at home surrounded by opportunities to snack, and having limited skill and experience with food, all contributed to their sense they lacked control over their own and their family’s food choices.

Conclusions: an intervention to improve the food choices of women with lower educational attainment needs to increase their sense of control over their diet and the foods they buy. This might include increasing their skills in food preparation

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e-pub ahead of print date: 26 February 2008
Published date: December 2008
Keywords: food choice, health benefits, education, focus groups, uk

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Local EPrints ID: 185835
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/185835
ISSN: 1368-9800
PURE UUID: 33cee78e-69d4-4dfa-a521-7de5aa653eb9
ORCID for M. Barker: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2976-0217
ORCID for S.M. Robinson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1766-7269
ORCID for H.M. Inskip: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8897-1749
ORCID for C. Cooper: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3510-0709

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Date deposited: 11 May 2011 10:31
Last modified: 18 Apr 2017 02:15

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Contributors

Author: M. Barker ORCID iD
Author: W.T. Lawrence
Author: T.C. Skinner
Author: C.O. Haslam
Author: S.M. Robinson ORCID iD
Author: H.M. Inskip ORCID iD
Author: B.M. Margetts
Author: A.A. Jackson
Author: D.J.P. Barker
Author: C. Cooper ORCID iD

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