Nutritional beliefs, attitudes and practices of elderly, rural, southern women

Cheryl J. Rainey, Rachel M. Mayo, Vivian Haley-Zitlin, Karen A. Kemper, Katherine L. Cason

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Six focus groups were held with 49 rural southern women, 92% of whom were over 65 years of age. Discussions covered influences on food choices, supplement use and meal frequency; problems with buying, preparing and storing food; participation in food assistance programs; nutrition information sources; and preferred methods of nutrition education. Data analysis revealed six major themes: Food preferences based upon taste and childhood familiarity; beliefs about benefits and detriments of eating certain foods; influence of health conditions on food choices; perceived barriers to purchasing, preparing and consuming certain foods; cues to action regarding food selection, supplement use and meal patterns; and nutrition information needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-27
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Nutrition for the Elderly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 11 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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