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Sociodemographic factors associated with calcium intake in premenopausal women: a cross-sectional study


Winzenberg, TM and Riley, M and Frendin, S and Oldenberg, B and Jones, G, Sociodemographic factors associated with calcium intake in premenopausal women: a cross-sectional study, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 59, (3) pp. 463-466. ISSN 0954-3007 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602105


Objective: To describe associations between sociodemographic factors and calcium intake in premenopausal women. Design: Cross-sectional study. Setting: Population-based. Subjects: A total of 467 randomly selected, predominantly Caucasian Tasmanian women aged 25-44 y, response rate 63%. Main outcome measures: Calcium intake, sociodemographic factors, anthropometrics, osteoporosis knowledge and self-efficacy. Results: Education level, calcium-specific osteoporosis knowledge and self-efficacy were all independently associated with calcium intake (P < 0.05). The odds of achieving the recommended dietary intake for calcium increased with higher levels of calcium-specific self-efficacy and knowledge, and decreased in smokers or if the household's main financial provider was unemployed (P < 0.05). Conclusions: Women who have lower levels of education, who are in households where the main financial provider is unemployed, who are smokers, and those with low levels of calcium-specific self-efficacy and knowledge are at risk of not achieving adequate calcium intake. This information will assist targeting of public health strategies aimed at improving the calcium intake of premenopausal women. © 2005 Nature Publishing Group. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Epidemiology
Research Field:Epidemiology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Winzenberg, TM (Professor Tania Winzenberg)
UTAS Author:Jones, G (Professor Graeme Jones)
ID Code:36735
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2006-04-05

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