The Association Between Socio-economic Status and Fruits and Vegetables consumption:: A cross-sectional study in northern Sweden.
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Fruits and vegetables are a significant part of human nutrition. They are a source of nutrients and authors find their increased consumption to reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases. Socio-economic status has been one of the inequalities to the adequate consumption of fruits and vegetables in Europe. The study aims to assess the association between socio-economic status and the consumption of fruits and vegetables in Northern Sweden.
Therefore, a cross-sectional study, ‘Health on Equal Terms’, was conducted in 2014. This was done in four counties in Northern Sweden by residents aged 16-85years. With a response rate of 50%, the sample size consisted of 25,667. Linear regressions approach was used for the analysis.
High education levels and high occupational status was significantly associated with high fruits and vegetables consumption, in both men and women. By sex, women’s increase in socio-economic status level increases their frequency of consumption as compared to the men.
There exists a linear association between socio-economic status and fruits and vegetable consumption among the people in northern Sweden. This should be taken into account when reforming the nutritional policies in Sweden.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 32 p.
Centre for Public Health Report Series, ISSN 1651-341x ; 2016:18
Fruits, Vegetables, Socio-economic Status, northern Sweden, Health on Equal Terms
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-131517OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-131517DiVA: diva2:1074805
Hälsa på lika vilkor 2009, Västernorrland, Norrbotten, Västerbotten och Jämtland
Master's Programme in Public Health
2016-05-23, Umeå Universitet, Umeå, 09:45 (English)
Brydsten, Anna, PhD studentSan Sebastian, Miguel, Professor
Lindholm, Lars, Professor