Socio-economic differences in takeaway food consumption among adults

Miura, Kyoko, Giskes, Katrina M., & Turrell, Gavin (2012) Socio-economic differences in takeaway food consumption among adults. Public Health Nutrition, 15(2), pp. 218-226.

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To examine socioeconomic differences in the frequency and types of takeaway foods consumed.

Cross-sectional postal survey.

Participants were asked about their usual consumption of overall takeaway food (< four times a month, or ≥ four times a month) and 22 specific takeaway food items (< once a month, or ≥ once a month): these latter foods were grouped into “healthy” and “less healthy” choices. Socioeconomic position was measured using education and equivalised household income and differences in takeaway food consumption were assessed by calculating prevalence ratios using log binomial regression.

Adults aged 25–64 years from Brisbane, Australia were randomly selected from the electoral roll (N = 903, 63.7% response rate).

Compared with their more educated counterparts, the least educated were more regular consumers of overall takeaway food, fruit/vegetable juice, and less regular consumers of sushi. For the “less healthy” items, the least educated more regularly consumed potato chips, savoury pies, fried chicken, and non-diet soft drinks; however, the least educated were less likely to consume curry. Household income was not associated with overall takeaway consumption. The lowest income group were more regular consumers of fruit/vegetable juice compared with the highest income group. Among the “less healthy” items, the lowest income group were more regular consumers of fried fish, ice-cream, and milk shakes, while curry was consumed less regularly.

The frequency and types of takeaway foods consumed by socioeconomically disadvantaged groups may contribute to inequalities in overweight/obesity and chronic disease.

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ID Code: 47961
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: socioeconomic, education, household income, takeaway food, fast-food
DOI: 10.1017/S136898001100139X
ISSN: 1475-2727
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (111100) > Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified (111199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 The Authors
Deposited On: 19 Jan 2012 23:10
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2012 21:30

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