Childhood obesity is a complex issue that includes genetic and environmental components. Although several aspects of childhood obesity have been investigated, more research is needed concerning the differences of familial food consumption in the home environment in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-designated food deserts versus areas not designated as food deserts. Food deserts are defined as poorer urban and rural areas without access to healthy and affordable food. Associations between parental food consumption patterns during dinner in USDA-designated food deserts versus areas not designated as food deserts in San Diego County were examined in this study. The study’s quantitative research design incorporated aspects of the health belief model for the theoretical framework. The sample included 326 parents in San Diego County with at least one child under age 18 years. Parents in food deserts reported having children who consume more sodas or soft drinks, more red meat, and more fast food at dinner throughout the week. The positive social change implications from this study include addressing obesity issues in the home environment with familial food consumption habits. Findings from this study may improve programming related to familial eating and cooking routines for children to establish healthier family habits.
|Commitee:||Bradley, Gregory, Frederick, Heather|
|School Location:||United States -- Colorado|
|Source:||DAI-B 80/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health sciences, Nutrition|
|Keywords:||Childhood obesity, Childhood overweight, Food consumption patterns, Food deserts|
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