Investigation of population heterogeneity of diet use among middle-aged Australians

Wang, Wei C., Worsley, Anthony, Cunningham, Everarda G. and Hunter, Wendy 2011, Investigation of population heterogeneity of diet use among middle-aged Australians, British journal of nutrition, vol. 105, no. 7, pp. 1091-1099.

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Title Investigation of population heterogeneity of diet use among middle-aged Australians
Author(s) Wang, Wei C.
Worsley, Anthony
Cunningham, Everarda G.
Hunter, Wendy
Journal name British journal of nutrition
Volume number 105
Issue number 7
Start page 1091
End page 1099
Total pages 9
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publication date 2011-04-14
ISSN 0007-1145
Keyword(s) Diet use
Demographics
Health habits
Health status
Latent class analysis
Summary The purpose of the study was to determine patterns of diet use among middle-aged Australian men and women and the relationships between these different usage patterns and demographic characteristics, health status and health habits. A cross-sectional mail survey was conducted among a random sample of 2975 people aged 40–71 years in Victoria, Australia. A total of 1031 usable questionnaires were obtained which included information about the use of diets (e.g. low-fat and low-salt) during the past 3 months along with demographic information, health status and health habits. Based on the responses about the use of thirteen diets for both sexes, latent class analysis was employed to identify the optimal number of use of diets and the assignment of participants to particular groups. Three types of diet uses were identified and provisionally named: diet use, selected diet use and non-diet use. This classification was associated with demographics, health status and health habits, and these associations differed between men and women. The findings suggest that nutrition education programmes should be tailored to the different needs of the diet use groups.
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
Copyright notice ©2010, Cambridge University Press
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