Combining social and nutritional perspectives: from adolescence to adulthood (the ASH30 Study) (2009)

Author(s): Lake AA, Hyland RM, Rugg-Gunn A, Mathers JC, Adamson AJ

    Abstract: Eating habits are influenced by multiple factors from an individual's environment at various stages during progress through the life course. Links between diet in childhood and the prevention of disease in adulthood have been established. Determining what has influenced change in dietary behaviour over 20 years, from adolescence to adulthood, is a complex and multifaceted task. This paper describes the benefits of combining two different disciplines and two different methods i.e. nutrition and social science and quantitative and qualitative methods. The combination of these disciplines and methods brings added breadth and depth to the research which cannot be achieved by a single discipline or method. This longitudinal dietary study provided quantitative evidence of dietary change and investigated factors influencing dietary change from adolescence to adulthood. Change in food intake between adolescence and adulthood related to life-course events and trajectories. Parents, partners and children were perceived to have influenced dietary change. Other key influences were employment, limitations on time and awareness of nutrition and health. These findings help to explain the complex process of dietary change from adolescence to adulthood.

      • Date: November 2009
      • Journal: British Food Journal
      • Volume: 111
      • Issue: 11
      • Pages: 1200-1211
      • Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
      • Publication type: Article
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Professor Ashley Adamson
      Prof of Public Health Nutrition and NIHR Research Professor

      Professor John Mathers
      Professor of Human Nutrition