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Characteristics and Dietary Patterns of Healthy and Less Healthy Eaters in the Low-Income Population

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  • Yonatan Ben-Shalom
  • Mary Kay Fox
  • P.K. Newby

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This report reviews sociodemographic and dietary characteristics of individuals in each group and describes their distinct dietary patterns, as identified through a cluster analysis of dietary intake. Individuals were classified as healthy or less-healthy eaters according to their scores on the Healthy Eating Index (HEI) 2005. Among adults, characteristics associated with healthy eating include being female, older than 60, and foreign-born. Among children, they include being ages 2 to 5 and living in a household with a foreign-born individual. In addition, both child and adult healthy eaters were more likely than less-healthy eaters to eat breakfast, eat three meals daily, and consume fruits and vegetables.

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Paper provided by Mathematica Policy Research in its series Mathematica Policy Research Reports with number 7385.

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Date of creation: 28 Feb 2012
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Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:7385

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Keywords: SNAP; Dietary Patterns; Low-Income Populations; Healthy Eaters;

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  1. Guthrie, Joanne F. & Frazao, Elizabeth & Andrews, Margaret S. & Smallwood, David M., 2007. "Improving Food Choices—Can Food Stamps Do More?," Amber Waves, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, April.
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