Although the food and physical activity environment in low-income neighborhoods have been suggested as a major factor contributing to obesity and poor health outcomes among low-income women, many within this population are able to maintain a healthy weight. Therefore, the purpose of this project was to assess differences in individual-level personal, behavioral, and environmental factors, between overweight/obese and lean/normal weight, low-income women living in similar environments. Utilizing Social Cognitive Theory, qualitative (focus groups) and quantitative (taste tests, behavioral survey, 24-hour diet recall) methodologies were developed for this study to gain a broader understanding of the factors influencing health and eating behavior among low-income women. Results from this project demonstrate the influence of personal and behavioral factors on weight status and health, and offer insights for future research and health interventions with this population.
University of Minnesota M.S. thesis. December 2012. Major: Nutrition. Advisor: Chery Smith, PhD, MPD, RD, 1 computer file (PDF); vi, 171 pages; appendices p. 117-171.
Dressler, Heidi Cook.
Food choice, food liking, health and eating behavior differs among low-income women.
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