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Influence of Environmental and Political Determinants on Food Choices in a Sample of Portuguese Population

[ Vol. 16 , Issue. 5 ]

Author(s):

Ana C. Ferrão*, Raquel P. F. Guiné, Paula Correia and Manuela Ferreira   Pages 689 - 697 ( 9 )

Abstract:


Background: There is an increasing concern regarding the impacts of food choices on the environment. Therefore, in order to plan actions to promote more sustainable diets it is crucial to understand the influence of environmental and political determinants on people’s food choices.

Objective: This work aimed at studying the extent to which environmental and political determinants influence people’s food choices in a sample of the Portuguese population.

Methods: It was undertaken a descriptive cross-sectional study on a non-probabilistic sample of 1314 participants living in Portugal. The questionnaires were applied after informed consent only to adults (aged 18 or over) and the data were collected from January and December 2017 among the Portuguese population.

Results: The participants’ food choices were, in general, influenced by environmental and political determinants (0.77 ± 0.53). There were found significant differences between age groups, genders, levels of education, living, professional status, regarding the areas of work or studies and also between the participants who were responsible for buying their one food and the ones who were not.

Conclusion: This paper fulfills an identified need to study the environmental and political determinants underlying food choices in Portugal.

Keywords:

Diet, eating, environmental and political determinants, food choices, survey, sustainable diets.

Affiliation:

CI & DETS/CERNAS Research Centres, Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, Campus Politécnico, Repeses, Viseu, CI & DETS/CERNAS Research Centres, Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, Campus Politécnico, Repeses, Viseu, CI & DETS/CERNAS Research Centres, Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, Campus Politécnico, Repeses, Viseu, CI & DETS/UICISA:E Research Centres, Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, Campus Politécnico, Repeses, Viseu



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