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Why eat at fast-food restaurants: reported reasons among frequent consumers.

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Rydell, SA; Harnack, LJ; Oakes, JM; Story, M; Jeffery, RW; French, SA
Published in: J Am Diet Assoc
December 2008

A convenience sample of adolescents and adults who regularly eat at fast-food restaurants were recruited to participate in an experimental trial to examine the effect of nutrition labeling on meal choices. As part of this study, participants were asked to indicate how strongly they agreed or disagreed with 11 statements to assess reasons for eating at fast-food restaurants. Logistic regression was conducted to examine whether responses differed by demographic factors. The most frequently reported reasons for eating at fast-food restaurants were: fast food is quick (92%), restaurants are easy to get to (80%), and food tastes good (69%). The least frequently reported reasons were: eating fast food is a way of socializing with family and friends (33%), restaurants have nutritious foods to offer (21%), and restaurants are fun and entertaining (12%). Some differences were found with respect to the demographic factors examined. It appears that in order to reduce fast-food consumption, food and nutrition professionals need to identify alternative quick and convenient food sources. As motivation for eating at fast-food restaurants appears to differ somewhat by age, sex, education, employment status, and household size, tailored interventions could be considered.

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J Am Diet Assoc

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0002-8223

Publication Date

December 2008

Volume

108

Issue

12

Start / End Page

2066 / 2070

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Young Adult
  • Time Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Restaurants
  • Obesity
  • Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Motivation
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
 

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Rydell, S. A., Harnack, L. J., Oakes, J. M., Story, M., Jeffery, R. W., & French, S. A. (2008). Why eat at fast-food restaurants: reported reasons among frequent consumers. J Am Diet Assoc, 108(12), 2066–2070. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jada.2008.09.008
Rydell, Sarah A., Lisa J. Harnack, J Michael Oakes, Mary Story, Robert W. Jeffery, and Simone A. French. “Why eat at fast-food restaurants: reported reasons among frequent consumers.J Am Diet Assoc 108, no. 12 (December 2008): 2066–70. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jada.2008.09.008.
Rydell SA, Harnack LJ, Oakes JM, Story M, Jeffery RW, French SA. Why eat at fast-food restaurants: reported reasons among frequent consumers. J Am Diet Assoc. 2008 Dec;108(12):2066–70.
Rydell, Sarah A., et al. “Why eat at fast-food restaurants: reported reasons among frequent consumers.J Am Diet Assoc, vol. 108, no. 12, Dec. 2008, pp. 2066–70. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.jada.2008.09.008.
Rydell SA, Harnack LJ, Oakes JM, Story M, Jeffery RW, French SA. Why eat at fast-food restaurants: reported reasons among frequent consumers. J Am Diet Assoc. 2008 Dec;108(12):2066–2070.

Published In

J Am Diet Assoc

DOI

ISSN

0002-8223

Publication Date

December 2008

Volume

108

Issue

12

Start / End Page

2066 / 2070

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Young Adult
  • Time Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Restaurants
  • Obesity
  • Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Motivation
  • Middle Aged
  • Male