Work Hours and Perceived Time Barriers to Healthful Eating Among Young Adults

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Objective: To describe time-related beliefs and behaviors regarding healthful eating, indicators of dietary intake, and their associations with the number of weekly hours of paid work among young adults. Methods: Population-based study in a diverse cohort (N=2287). Results: Working > 40 hours per week was associated with time-related barriers to healthful eating most persistently among young adult men. Associations were found among females working both part-time and > 40 hours per week with both time-related barriers and dietary intake. Conclusions: Findings indicate that intervention strategies, ideally those addressing time burden, are needed to promote healthful eating among young, working adults.


Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Health Disparities Research, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA. 2: Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Publication date: November 1, 2012

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