Public Health Nutrition

Nutrition and health

Eating location is associated with the nutritional quality of the diet in Norwegian adults

Jannicke B Myhrea1 c1, Elin B Løkena1, Margareta Wandela1 and Lene F Andersena1

a1 Department of Nutrition, Institute for Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo, PO Box 1046 Blindern, 0317 Oslo, Norway

Abstract

Objective To study the association between dinner eating location and the nutritional quality of the specific dinner meal and the whole-day dietary intake and to compare the diets of those consuming ≥25 % of energy out of home and at school/work (SOH; substantial out-of-home eaters) with those consuming <25 % of energy out (NSOH; non-substantial out-of-home eaters).

Design Cross-sectional dietary survey using two non-consecutive 24 h recalls. Recorded eating locations were at home, other private households, work/school, restaurant/cafeteria/fast-food outlet and travel/meeting.

Setting Nationwide, Norway (2010–2011).

Subjects Adults aged 18–70 years (n 1746).

Results Dinners at restaurants and other private households were higher in energy than home dinners (P < 0·01). Restaurant dinners contained less fibre (g/MJ; P < 0·01) and had a higher percentage of alcohol consumers (P < 0·05), while dinners at other private households had a higher percentage of energy from sugar (P < 0·001) and a higher percentage of consumers of sugar-sweetened beverages (P < 0·05) than home dinners. Most differences between dinners consumed at different eating locations were also observed in dietary intakes for the whole day. SOH-eaters had a higher energy intake (P < 0·01), a higher percentage of energy from sugar (P < 0·01) and a lower fibre intake (P < 0·01) than NSOH-eaters. The percentages of consumers of alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverages were higher (P < 0·01) among SOH-eaters.

Conclusions Dinner eating location was significantly associated with the nutritional quality of the diet, both for the specific dinner meal and for whole-day intake. Our data generally point to healthier dinners being consumed at home. SOH-eaters had a less favourable dietary intake than NSOH-eaters.

(Received May 23 2012)

(Revised November 29 2012)

(Accepted January 03 2013)

(Online publication March 12 2013)

Keywords

  • Eating location;
  • Dinner;
  • Nutritional quality;
  • Out-of-home eating

Correspondence

c1 Corresponding author: Email j.b.myhre@medisin.uio.no

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