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ERIC Number: EJ986978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1499-4046
Balancing Healthy Meals and Busy Lives: Associations between Work, School, and Family Responsibilities and Perceived Time Constraints among Young Adults
Pelletier, Jennifer E.; Laska, Melissa N.
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, v44 n6 p481-489 Nov-Dec 2012
Objective: To characterize associations between perceived time constraints for healthy eating and work, school, and family responsibilities among young adults. Design: Cross-sectional survey. Setting: A large, Midwestern metropolitan region. Participants: A diverse sample of community college (n = 598) and public university (n = 603) students. Main Outcome Measures: Time constraints in general, as well as those specific to meal preparation/structure, and perceptions of a healthy life balance. Analysis: Chi-square tests and multivariate logistic regression (alpha = 0.005). Results: Women, 4-year students, and students with lower socioeconomic status perceived more time constraints ("P" less than 0.001-0.002); students with lower socioeconomic status were less likely to have a healthy balance ("P" less than or equal to 0.003). Having a heavy course load and working longer hours were important predictors of time constraints among men ("P" less than 0.001-0.004), whereas living situation and being in a relationship were more important among women ("P" = 0.002-0.003). Conclusions and Implications: Most young adults perceive time constraints on healthy dietary behaviors, yet some young adults appear able to maintain a healthy life balance despite multiple time demands. Interventions focused on improved time management strategies and nutrition-related messaging to achieve healthy diets on a low time budget may be more successful if tailored to the factors that contribute to time constraints separately among men and women. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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