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Daily eating events among co-living and single-living diseased older men
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Rehabilitation. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Ageing - living conditions and health.
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2008 (English)In: The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, ISSN 1279-7707, Vol. 12, no 3, 176-182 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objectives: To analyse, describe and compare the frequency and energy intake of eating events, including specific food items, among diseased older men living in ordinary housing. Design: Descriptive and explorative. Setting: Interviews were performed in the participants’ home. Participants: Thirty-five co-living and 26 single-living men, 64-88 years of age. Participants had one of three chronic diseases associated with difficulties in buying and preparing food and with difficulties related to the meal situation: Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis or stroke. Measurements: A repeated 24-h recall was used to assess food intake and meal patterns. Results: Eating events were distributed over a 24-h period. Co-living men had a higher (p=0.001) number of eating events/day; both hot and cold eating events were consumed more frequently. There was no difference between groups concerning energy intake. Co-living men had more often hot eating events cooked from raw ingredients (p=0.001) and more various vegetables/roots (p=0.003) included in such eating events. Conclusion: Single-living men may constitute a vulnerable group from a nutritional perspective, while co-living men, besides the pleasure of eating together, seem to get support with food and eating events from their partners. Hence, the group of single-living men, particularly those with a disability, should receive particular attention with regard to possible food-related difficulties.

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2008. Vol. 12, no 3, 176-182 p.
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Eating events, disease, food item, older men, 24-h recall.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-6201PubMedID: 18309437OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-6201DiVA: diva2:37021
Available from: 2008-12-13 Created: 2008-12-13 Last updated: 2009-03-16Bibliographically approved

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