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Does involvement in food preparation track from adolescence to young adulthood and is it associated with better dietary quality? Findings from a 10-year longitudinal study.
Public Health Nutr. 2012 Jul; 15(7):1150-8.PH

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

To examine whether involvement in food preparation tracks over time, between adolescence (15-18 years), emerging adulthood (19-23 years) and the mid-to-late twenties (24-28 years), as well as 10-year longitudinal associations between home food preparation, dietary quality and meal patterning.

DESIGN

Population-based, longitudinal cohort study.

SETTING

Participants were originally sampled from Minnesota public secondary schools (USA).

SUBJECTS

Participants enrolled in Project EAT (Eating Among Teens and Young Adults)-I, EAT-II and EAT-III (n 1321).

RESULTS

Most participants in their mid-to-late twenties reported an enjoyment of cooking (73 % of males, 80 % of females); however, few prepared meals including vegetables most days of the week (24 % of males, 41 % of females). Participants in their mid-to-late twenties who enjoyed cooking were more likely to have engaged in food preparation as adolescents and emerging adults (P < 0·01); those who frequently prepared meals including vegetables were more likely to have engaged in food preparation as emerging adults (P < 0·001), but not as adolescents. Emerging adult food preparation predicted better dietary quality five years later in the mid-to-late twenties, including higher intakes of fruit, vegetables and dark green/orange vegetables, and less sugar-sweetened beverage and fast-food consumption. Associations between adolescent food preparation and later dietary quality yielded few significant results.

CONCLUSIONS

Food preparation behaviours appeared to track over time and engagement in food preparation during emerging adulthood, but not adolescence, was associated with healthier dietary intake during the mid-to-late twenties. Intervention studies are needed to understand whether promoting healthy food preparation results in improvements in eating patterns during the transition to adulthood.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota, 1300 S. 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA. mnlaska@umn.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22124458

Citation

Laska, Melissa N., et al. "Does Involvement in Food Preparation Track From Adolescence to Young Adulthood and Is It Associated With Better Dietary Quality? Findings From a 10-year Longitudinal Study." Public Health Nutrition, vol. 15, no. 7, 2012, pp. 1150-8.
Laska MN, Larson NI, Neumark-Sztainer D, et al. Does involvement in food preparation track from adolescence to young adulthood and is it associated with better dietary quality? Findings from a 10-year longitudinal study. Public Health Nutr. 2012;15(7):1150-8.
Laska, M. N., Larson, N. I., Neumark-Sztainer, D., & Story, M. (2012). Does involvement in food preparation track from adolescence to young adulthood and is it associated with better dietary quality? Findings from a 10-year longitudinal study. Public Health Nutrition, 15(7), 1150-8. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980011003004
Laska MN, et al. Does Involvement in Food Preparation Track From Adolescence to Young Adulthood and Is It Associated With Better Dietary Quality? Findings From a 10-year Longitudinal Study. Public Health Nutr. 2012;15(7):1150-8. PubMed PMID: 22124458.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Does involvement in food preparation track from adolescence to young adulthood and is it associated with better dietary quality? Findings from a 10-year longitudinal study. AU - Laska,Melissa N, AU - Larson,Nicole I, AU - Neumark-Sztainer,Dianne, AU - Story,Mary, Y1 - 2011/11/29/ PY - 2011/11/30/entrez PY - 2011/11/30/pubmed PY - 2013/3/30/medline SP - 1150 EP - 8 JF - Public health nutrition JO - Public Health Nutr VL - 15 IS - 7 N2 - OBJECTIVES: To examine whether involvement in food preparation tracks over time, between adolescence (15-18 years), emerging adulthood (19-23 years) and the mid-to-late twenties (24-28 years), as well as 10-year longitudinal associations between home food preparation, dietary quality and meal patterning. DESIGN: Population-based, longitudinal cohort study. SETTING: Participants were originally sampled from Minnesota public secondary schools (USA). SUBJECTS: Participants enrolled in Project EAT (Eating Among Teens and Young Adults)-I, EAT-II and EAT-III (n 1321). RESULTS: Most participants in their mid-to-late twenties reported an enjoyment of cooking (73 % of males, 80 % of females); however, few prepared meals including vegetables most days of the week (24 % of males, 41 % of females). Participants in their mid-to-late twenties who enjoyed cooking were more likely to have engaged in food preparation as adolescents and emerging adults (P < 0·01); those who frequently prepared meals including vegetables were more likely to have engaged in food preparation as emerging adults (P < 0·001), but not as adolescents. Emerging adult food preparation predicted better dietary quality five years later in the mid-to-late twenties, including higher intakes of fruit, vegetables and dark green/orange vegetables, and less sugar-sweetened beverage and fast-food consumption. Associations between adolescent food preparation and later dietary quality yielded few significant results. CONCLUSIONS: Food preparation behaviours appeared to track over time and engagement in food preparation during emerging adulthood, but not adolescence, was associated with healthier dietary intake during the mid-to-late twenties. Intervention studies are needed to understand whether promoting healthy food preparation results in improvements in eating patterns during the transition to adulthood. SN - 1475-2727 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22124458/Does_involvement_in_food_preparation_track_from_adolescence_to_young_adulthood_and_is_it_associated_with_better_dietary_quality_Findings_from_a_10_year_longitudinal_study_ L2 - https://www.cambridge.org/core/product/identifier/S1368980011003004/type/journal_article DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -