Objective: To compare food purchasing behaviors and diet quality of foods purchased between men and women who were the primary food purchaser for their households. Methods: Food purchasing was measured via itemized receipts. The dietary composition of purchased foods was derived using the Nutrition Data System for Research and quality was assessed using the Healthy Eating Index–2010. Results: Men comprised 17.2% of the household primary food purchasers in the sample (n = 204). There were no differences by gender in the number of items purchased or the number of receipts. Men made fewer purchases at stores (74.0%) than did women (81.4%; P <.001). There were no gender differences in the quality of foods purchased overall or by source of purchase. Conclusions and Implications: In primary purchasers, purchasing behaviors varied by gender but not purchases did not. Food purchasing interventions should include both genders for greatest impact.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This study was supported by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Medicine under Award No. R01HL117804 . This content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily reflect the official views of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Medicine. The authors wish to thank SHoPPER study staff and participants for their contributions to this research. Portions of this research were presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting in April, 2018 in New Orleans, LA.
- food purchasing
PubMed: MeSH publication types
- Comparative Study
- Journal Article
- Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural