3. Nutrition & Healthy Eating

Dietary patterns, food intakes, attitudes and their determinants among low socio-economic adults and children and an in depth quantitative and qualitative analyses

Project Reference:

03-RESR-006

Status:

Completed

Commencement Date:

October, 2004

Project Duration:

36 months

Abstract:

Numerous studies have documented socio-economic differences in nutrient and food intakes, with intakes further from dietary guidelines among individuals of lower socio-economic status. safefood therefore, commissioned a diet and nutrition survey/analysis of low-income consumers on the island of Ireland to provide statistically robust data on food consumption patterns and nutrient intake.

The survey was representative of the low-income groups in the population of the whole island of Ireland and included both adults and children. This study shed light on the underlying factors (socio-demographic, attitudinal, behavioural and anthropometric) as to why low-income consumers have the dietary patterns they do.

Principal Contractor(s):

Dr John Kearney, Dublin Institute of Technology

Collaborator(s):

Dr Barbara Stewart Knox, University of Ulster

Dr Sinead McCarthy, Trinity College Dublin

Outputs:

Report:

Food and nutrient intake and attitudes among disadvantaged groups on the island of Ireland