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British Food Journal

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Ageing and food consumption in Portugal: new or old paradigms?


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Title:Ageing and food consumption in Portugal: new or old paradigms?
Author(s):Cecília de Morais, (Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal), Cláudia Afonso, (Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal), M.D.V. de Almeida, (Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal)
Citation:Cecília de Morais, Cláudia Afonso, M.D.V. de Almeida, (2010) "Ageing and food consumption in Portugal: new or old paradigms?", British Food Journal, Vol. 112 Iss: 5, pp.511 - 521
Keywords:Consumer behaviour, Elderly people, Europe, Food products, Portugal
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/00070701011043763 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the effects of ageing on food choice according to Portuguese elderly narratives within an eight-country research project, the Food in Later Life (www.foodinlaterlife.org).

Design/methodology/approach – The project was organized into eight interrelated but independent work packages (WPs) using semi-structured interviews, structured questionnaires and food diaries. Each interview took approximately one hour and was complemented by a background questionnaire (SF36) and seven day food diaries (shopping and consumption). The data from the interviews were transcribed and analysed using MaxQDA. Data from the Portuguese sample are presented and complemented by the eight country samples in the case of meal patterns, functional and convenience products. The sentences used to illustrate the memories of older people are quoted.

Findings – Health problems and physiological restraints along with social changes, loss of a partner and/or loneliness were identified as major factors behind the elderly food choice. Functional and convenience products are still not familiar to the elderly in Europe.

Research limitations/implications – More research on determinants of healthy ageing, especially in what concerns foods, and satisfaction with food, is required since efficient policies are needed to enable older populations to maintain their independence and a good satisfaction with food-related life.

Originality/value – This cross-cultural qualitative research provides important information about elderly food choice and the factors behind that choice.



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