Relationship between living alone and food and nutrient intake

Hanna, Katherine L. & Collins, Peter F. (2015) Relationship between living alone and food and nutrient intake. Nutrition Reviews, 73(9), pp. 594-611.

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The increase in the number of individuals living alone has implications for nutrition and health outcomes. This review aimed to investigate whether there is a difference in food and nutrient intake between adults living alone and those living with others. Eight electronic databases were searched, using terms related to living alone, nutrition, food, and socioeconomic factors. Forty-one papers met the inclusion criteria, and data of interest were extracted. Results varied but suggested that, compared with persons who do not live alone, persons who live alone have a lower diversity of food intake, a lower consumption of some core foods groups (fruit, vegetables, and fish) and a higher likelihood of having an unhealthy dietary pattern. Associations between living alone and nutrient intake were unclear. Men living alone were more often observed to be at greater risk of undesirable intakes than women. The findings of this review suggest that living alone could negatively affect some aspects of food intake and contribute to the relationship between living alone and poor health outcomes, although associations could vary between socioeconomic groups. Further research is required to help to elucidate these findings.

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ID Code: 86742
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: diet, food, living arrangements, nutrients, one-person household
DOI: 10.1093/nutrit/nuv024
ISSN: 1753-4887
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 24 Aug 2015 02:56
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2016 05:17

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