Involvement of young Australian adults in meal preparation : cross-sectional associations with abdominal obesity and body mass index

Smith, Kylie J., McNaughton, Sarah A., Gall, Seana L., Blizzard, Leigh, Dwyer, Terence and Venn, Alison J. 2011, Involvement of young Australian adults in meal preparation : cross-sectional associations with abdominal obesity and body mass index, Journal of the American dietetic association, vol. 111, no. 8, pp. 1187-1191.

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Title Involvement of young Australian adults in meal preparation : cross-sectional associations with abdominal obesity and body mass index
Author(s) Smith, Kylie J.
McNaughton, Sarah A.
Gall, Seana L.
Blizzard, Leigh
Dwyer, Terence
Venn, Alison J.
Journal name Journal of the American dietetic association
Volume number 111
Issue number 8
Start page 1187
End page 1191
Total pages 5
Publisher Elsevier Inc.
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2011-08
ISSN 0002-8223
1878-3570
Summary Previous research has shown that involvement in meal preparation is positively associated with better diet quality. However, it is unclear whether there is an association between involvement in meal preparation and being overweight or obese. This study investigated whether the level of involvement in meal preparation was associated with objectively measured weight status in young adults. During 2004-2006, a national sample of 1,996 Australian adults aged 26 to 36 years completed a self-administered questionnaire including questions on sociodemographic characteristics, diet, and physical activity. Participants were asked to report who usually prepared the main meal on working days and responses were categorized as “myself,” “shared,” or “someone else.” Waist circumference, weight, and height were measured by trained staff. Moderate abdominal obesity was defined as waist circumference >94 cm for men and >80 cm for women. Overweight was defined as body mass index (calculated as kg/m2) >25. Prevalence ratios were calculated using log binomial regression. After adjusting for age, education, and leisure time physical activity, men who shared the meal preparation had a slightly lower prevalence of moderate abdominal obesity (prevalence ratio=0.92; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.86 to 0.99) than those whose meals were usually prepared by someone else. There was no association with having sole responsibility (prevalence ratio=0.99; 95% CI: 0.92 to 1.06). There were no associations between level of involvement in meal preparation and being overweight (shared responsibility prevalence ratio=0.99; 95% CI: 0.92 to 1.07; sole responsibility prevalence ratio=0.98; 95% CI: 0.91 to 1.05). For women, level of involvement was not associated with moderate abdominal obesity (shared responsibility prevalence ratio=0.93; 95% CI: 0.84 to 1.03; sole responsibility prevalence ratio=0.94; 95% CI: 0.86 to 1.03) or being overweight (shared responsibility prevalence ratio=0.93; 95% CI: 0.84 to 1.02; sole responsibility prevalence ratio=0.93; 95% CI: 0.85 to 1.02). In this sample of young adults, level of involvement in meal preparation was not strongly related to weight status.
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, American Dietetic Association
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Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research
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