Work hours and perceived time barriers to healthful eating among young adults

Kamisha Hamilton Escoto, Melissa Nelson Laska, Nicole Larson, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Peter J. Hannan

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Objective: To describe time-related beliefs and behaviors regarding healthful eating, indicators of dietary intake, and their associations with the number of weekly hours of paid work among young adults. Methods: Population- based study in a diverse cohort (N=2287). Results: Working > 40 hours per week was associated with time-related barriers to healthful eating most persistently among young adult men. Associations were found among females working both part-time and > 40 hours per week with both timerelated barriers and dietary intake. Conclusions: Findings indicate that intervention strategies, ideally those addressing time burden, are needed to promote healthful eating among young, working adults. Copyright (c) PNG Publications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)786-796
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2012


  • Meal behaviors
  • Time factors
  • Work hours
  • Young adults


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