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Attitudes toward and beliefs about nutrition and health among a nationally representative sample of Irish adults: application of logistic regression modelling


Attitudes toward and beliefs about nutrition and health among a nationally representative sample of Irish adults: application of logistic regression modelling



Journal of Nutrition Education 30(3): 139-148



ISSN/ISBN: 0022-3182

DOI: 10.1016/s0022-3182(98)70304-8

A quota-controlled nationally representative sample of 1401 Irish adults completed an interview-assisted questionnaire on beliefs about health priorities and attitudes about eating. Fifty-seven percent believed that eating a healthy diet was a health priority. When shown five statements on attitudes about eating, 39% selected "I don't worry too much as long as I eat enough healthy things such as fruit and vegetables" and 30% selected "I eat and drink the things I enjoy and don't worry about it." A simple logistic regression model on the belief that diet is a health priority showed that although, in general, males were less likely than females to select "eat a healthy diet," there were significant sex/education interactions, and males with tertiary level education had the highest probability overall in selecting diet as a health priority. An ordinal logistic regression model on attitudes about eating demonstrated that subjects who were young and those with low education levels were significantly the most likely to be least concerned about nutrition, with no significant interactions between the sociodemographic variables. Social class was not found to be significant in any of the models when other sociodemographic variables were controlled for. The results suggest that a primary target group for nutrition education are young males with minimal education.

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