What Influences Independent, Young Adults' Food Choices?

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  • Title: What Influences Independent, Young Adults' Food Choices?
  • Author(s): Jayne Nicole Ballingall, Maria-Irini Avgoulas
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Health, Wellness & Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society
  • Keywords: Food Choices, Young Adults, Health Promotion
  • Volume: 6
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2016
  • ISSN: 2156-8960 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2156-9053 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2156-8960/CGP/v06i02/73-82
  • Citation: Ballingall, Jayne Nicole, and Maria-Irini Avgoulas. 2016. "What Influences Independent, Young Adults' Food Choices?." The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society 6 (2): 73-82. doi:10.18848/2156-8960/CGP/v06i02/73-82.
  • Extent: 10 pages

Abstract

The transition from high school education to tertiary education is a significant stage in a young person’s life. As this experience is often combined with moving out of the family home young adults are required to learn work independently, prepare meals for themselves, take care of their home environment all whilst trying to support themselves financially. For many young adults, this time is a steep learning curve in a number of elements in their life. During this transition time young adults are frequently portrayed as having a low income and are often thought to be at risk of food insecurity. University students have also been shown to have a diet lacking in essential food groups, however there has been little research into why university student are lacking in food groups, in particular why this is so in Australian students. There are many other possible influences of young adult’s food choice such as family background, their current living conditions or social environment. This research seeks to expand the understanding of influences upon food choices, specifically looking at young adults in this major transition stage. It aims to look deeper into their circumstances, looking past the typical stereo-type of the ‘poor student’ to explore lifelong influences such as family background, education and skills and also new, immediate influences such as their living conditions and social environment. This research will add to the limited knowledge base on young adult’s food influences with the potential to guide health promotion and assistance programs to a more tailored approach to this population group’s needs.