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'I'm not trusted in the kitchen': food environments and food behaviours of young people attending school and college

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2016
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Public Health
Issue number2
Volume38
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)289-299
Publication statusPublished
Early online date11/03/15
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Food behaviours are important in the context of health and obesity. The aim was to explore the environments and food behaviours of a sample of young people in the North East of England to further understanding of the relationship between eating behaviours and environmental context.

METHODS: Focus groups were conducted with four groups of young people aged 16-20 years (n = 40; 28 male, 12 female) between November 2006 and June 2007. Analysis was informed by grounded theory methods and was an iterative process of identifying themes across the transcripts.

RESULTS: Topics explored included: their main environment, home food responsibility and cooking, food outside of the home, where food was purchased/obtained and where food was eaten and with whom. Emergent themes included: the value for money in food purchases, time convenience, the car as a means of accessing food and health perceptions.

CONCLUSIONS: The complexities of the food environment were illustrated. This work has highlighted the importance of the home food environment and parents, and indicated the importance of factors such as time and cost in this age group's food choices. The behavioural norms around food behaviours merit further exploration for this population in transition between adolescence and adulthood.