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Correlates of Fat Intake Among Urban, Low Income African Americans

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Objective: To test a dietary intervention for high risk African American adults with small children. Methods: Using telephone data, logistic regression was used to identify association of low-fat eating behaviors, fat calories, and frequency of sweets/oils/fats with personal and environmental variables. Results: Education and income were associated with low-fat eating behaviors, fat calories, and frequency of fat/oils/sweets. Availability, price, and policy were related to low fat eating behaviors. Conclusions: Effectiveness of dietary interventions relies upon environments that support changes by the individual. Focusing on high-risk populations should be a priority in this research.
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Keywords: African American adults; fat intake; nutrition environment

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Saint Louis University School of Public Health, St. Louis, MO.

Publication date: 2004-09-01

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