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Is the perception of time pressure a barrier to healthy eating and physical activity among women?

Welch, Nicky, McNaughton, Sarah, Hunter, Wendy, Hume, Clare and Crawford, David 2009, Is the perception of time pressure a barrier to healthy eating and physical activity among women?, Public health nutrition, vol. 12, no. 7, pp. 888-895.

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Title Is the perception of time pressure a barrier to healthy eating and physical activity among women?
Author(s) Welch, Nicky
McNaughton, Sarah
Hunter, Wendy
Hume, Clare
Crawford, David
Journal name Public health nutrition
Volume number 12
Issue number 7
Start page 888
End page 895
Total pages 8
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication [Wallingford, England]
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1368-9800
Keyword(s) time pressure
women’s health
dietary intake
fruit; Vegetables
physical activity
Summary Objectives To describe the proportion of women reporting time is a barrier to healthy eating and physical activity, the characteristics of these women and the perceived causes of time pressure, and to examine associations between perceptions of time as a barrier and consumption of fruit, vegetables and fast food, and physical activity.
Design A cross-sectional survey of food intake, physical activity and perceived causes of time pressure.
Setting A randomly selected community sample.
Subjects A sample of 1580 women self-reported their food intake and their perceptions of the causes of time pressure in relation to healthy eating. An additional 1521 women self-reported their leisure-time physical activity and their perceptions of the causes of time pressure in relation to physical activity.
Results Time pressure was reported as a barrier to healthy eating by 41 % of the women and as a barrier to physical activity by 73 %. Those who reported time pressure as a barrier to healthy eating were significantly less likely to meet fruit, vegetable and physical activity recommendations, and more likely to eat fast food more frequently.
Conclusions Women reporting time pressure as a barrier to healthy eating and physical activity are less likely to meet recommendations than are women who do not see time pressure as a barrier. Further research is required to understand the perception of time pressure issues among women and devise strategies to improve women’s food and physical activity behaviours.
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Cambridge University Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017421

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