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Urban-rural differences in dietary habits and influences among Australian adolescents


Woodward, DR and Cumming, FJ and Ball, PJ and Williams, HM and Hornsby, H and Boon, JA, Urban-rural differences in dietary habits and influences among Australian adolescents, Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 39, (4) pp. 271-292. ISSN 0367-0244 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/03670244.2000.9991619


Junior high school students (2,082) in Tasmania, Australia, were surveyed using a printed questionnaire. For 22 commonly-used foods collectively, MANOVA indicated that rural students differed significantly from urban students in their consumption frequency for the foods, their perception of the usage of the foods by their parents and their friends, their liking for the foods and their perceptions of those foods' healthfulness. Regression analyses for the 22 foods separately indicated that liking for a food and parental usage of it were generally significantly linked to the respondent's frequency of using it; there were few urban-rural differences in this pattern. A food's healthfulness (as perceived by the respondent) and friends' usage of it were significantly linked to personal usage frequency only for a minority of foods; the regression analyses suggested that rural students gave less weight than urban students to health considerations and to perceived peer behavior in their food choices. These results suggest differences in food cognition between urban and rural adolescents.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Nutrition and dietetics
Research Field:Nutrition and dietetics not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Nutrition
UTAS Author:Woodward, DR (Dr David Woodward)
UTAS Author:Ball, PJ (Mr Peter Ball)
UTAS Author:Williams, HM (Mrs Heather Williams)
UTAS Author:Hornsby, H (Ms Helen Hornsby)
UTAS Author:Boon, JA ( Boon)
ID Code:19375
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Biochemistry
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2001-03-21

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