Table 2

Associations between tertiles of the food involvement score and socio-demographic characteristics of adults aged >55 years (n = 1041)
Low <55 (n = 349) Medium 56–60 (n = 335) High 66+ (n = 357)
n FI mean % % % X2 (Pearson) P value
Sex 53.73 <0.0001
Male 519 57.10 43 34 23
Female 522 62.37 24 36 40
Age 1.79 0.408
55 – 64 years 472 60.39 32 31 36
65 years and over 569 59.74 35 33 33
Education 9.08 0.01
Non-tertiary 504 59.25 35 38 27
Tertiary 537 60.79 32 32 36
Social connection1 17.11 <0.0001
High-risk social isolation 76 55.13 54 30 16
Low-risk social isolation 965 60.43 32 35 33
Marital status 11.46 0.003
Partnered 708 59.22 36 35 29
Single 333 61.80 27 35 38
Household size 10.83 0.004
1 Person 246 62.00 25 37 37
2 or more people 795 59.44 36 34 30
Perceived health 12.27 0.002
Excellent - Good 725 60.93 31 34 35
Fair - Poor 316 58.02 39 37 24
Usual meal preparer 80.27 <0.001
Yes 805 62.17 27 33 40
No 236 52.78 57 28 15
Time spent in meal preparation 104.77 <0.001
No meal preparation 232 53.83 57 28 15
<15 minutes 118 57.45 47 26 27
>15 minutes 691 62.58 24 34 42

1< 12 high risk of social isolation, ≥12 low risk of social isolation.

Somers et al.

Somers et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2014 11:60   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-11-60

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