Will the growth of accessibility and consumption of Lunchtime Meal Deals impact on future health due to their nutritional content?
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background – High intakes of fat, salt and sugar and development of associated diseases are concomitant with the recent obesity epidemic, indicating these trends are associated. This study therefore examined how growth in accessibility and consumption of Lunchtime Meal Deals may be impacting upon future health due to their nutritional content. Methods – Fifty participants on a South Wales University Campus completed a self-administered questionnaire. Results – Most participants were students between the ages of 18 and 28. Over half questioned consumed Lunchtime Meal Deals (LMD’s), with most consuming LMD’s twice weekly. Most participants over 29 years of age also consumed LMD’s, with most again consuming them twice weekly. No statistical significance was found between gender and LMD consumption. The most popular LMD choice consisted of a Sandwich, Crisps and Water. Under half of participants were aware of healthy LMD’s. The price participants were willing to pay and the typical price of a LMD were both thought to be £3.50. No statistical significance was found between monthly disposable income spent on food and the amount participants were willing to pay for LMD’s. Main reasons for purchasing LMD’s included convenience, price and habit/routine. Under half of participants felt that LMD’s were very accessible. Most participants believed that LMD’s were high in fat and thought that there was strong correlation between LMD consumption and weight gain. Conclusions –Findings indicate that most individuals consume LMD’s due to greater accessibility and cheaper pricing. Although individuals are aware of the poor nutritional status of LMD’s and future health implications, many still consume them due to there being few healthy alternatives and because of convenience. An area for future research may be to conduct a Cohort study over a prolonged period to observe how nutritional content of LMD’s affects long-term weight gain and development of associated conditions.
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