Food and diet choices by female primary school teachers
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background Lack of time is highly ranked as a potential barrier for healthy eating. Limited research has investigated the impact time has on the food and diet choices made by female primary school teachers, including how this changes from the working to non-working day. Methods A representative sample of Female Primary Teachers (n=10) completed a single, administered questionnaire involving the participant’s typical eating habits during the working week in contrast to the non-working week. Questions were also asked about current governments recommendations to assess participant’s knowledge and understanding of current recommendations towards a healthy balance diet. Results Eighty percent of participants stated that times constraints within the typical working week cause concerns or frustrations in relation to their typical eating habits. Participants also stated that during the working week they cook less from scratch and often take shortcut with food preparation. Participants were asked multiple choice questions based on the Governments recommendations of heathy eating, participants scored a mean score of 54%. Conclusion This study has emphasised the frustrations female teachers have towards time pressures of the working week in relation to their typical eating habits. Lack of nutritional knowledge and reduced eating habit comparisons have been highlighted within this study.
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