Adolescent Girls' Most Common Source of Junk Food Away from Home

Published in: Health & Place, v. 18, no. 5, Sep. 2012, p. 963-970

Posted on RAND.org on September 01, 2012

by Deborah A. Cohen, Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar, Robin L. Beckman, Leslie Lytle, John Elder, Mark A. Pereira, Sara Veblen Mortenson, Julie Pickrel, Terry L. Conway

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Contextual factors associated with adolescent girls' dietary behaviors could inform future interventions to improve diet. High school girls completed a 7-day diary, recording all trips made. In places other than home or school they recorded the food eaten. Girls made an average of 11.4 trips per week other than home or school. Snacks high in solid oils, fats and added sugars (SOFAS) were frequently consumed. Girls reported eating an average of 3.5 servings per week of snacks high in SOFAS at someone else's house compared to 3.0 servings per week at retail food outlets. Findings demonstrate that low nutrient foods are ubiquitous and efforts should be made to reduce their availability in multiple settings.

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