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|Title||Prevalence and patterns of cooking dinner at home in the USA: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2007-2008.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Authors||Virudachalam S, Long JA, Harhay MO, Polsky DE, Feudtner C|
|Journal||Public Health Nutr|
|Date Published||2014 May|
|Keywords||Adolescent, Adult, African Continental Ancestry Group, Aged, Cooking, Cross-Sectional Studies, Diet, Educational Status, Emigrants and Immigrants, Family, Family Characteristics, Feeding Behavior, Humans, Meals, Middle Aged, Nutrition Surveys, Questionnaires, Social Class, United States, Young Adult|
OBJECTIVE: To measure the prevalence of cooking dinner at home in the USA and test whether home dinner preparation habits are associated with socio-economic status, race/ethnicity, country of birth and family structure.
DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis. The primary outcome, self-reported frequency of cooking dinner at home, was divided into three categories: 0-1 dinners cooked per week ('never'), 2-5 ('sometimes') and 6-7 ('always'). We used bivariable and multivariable regression analyses to test for associations between frequency of cooking dinner at home and factors of interest.
SETTING: The 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
SUBJECTS: The sample consisted of 10 149 participants.
RESULTS: Americans reported cooking an average of five dinners per week; 8 % never, 43 % sometimes and 49 % always cooked dinner at home. Lower household wealth and educational attainment were associated with a higher likelihood of either always or never cooking dinner at home, whereas wealthier, more educated households were more likely to sometimes cook dinner at home (P < 0·05). Black households cooked the fewest dinners at home (mean = 4·4, 95 % CI 4·2, 4·6). Households with foreign-born reference persons cooked more dinners at home (mean = 5·8, 95 % CI 5·7, 6·0) than households with US-born reference persons (mean = 4·9, 95 % CI 4·7, 5·1). Households with dependants cooked more dinners at home (mean = 5·2, 95 % CI 5·1, 5·4) than households without dependants (mean = 4·6, 95 % CI 4·3, 5·0).
CONCLUSIONS: Home dinner preparation habits varied substantially with socio-economic status and race/ethnicity, associations that likely will have implications for designing and appropriately tailoring interventions to improve home food preparation practices and promote healthy eating.
|Alternate Journal||Public Health Nutr|
|Grant List||T32-HP10026 / / PHS HHS / United States|