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The sociocultural aspects of takeaway food consumption in a low-socio-economic ward in the large metropolitan city of Manchester: A grounded theory study

Davies, IG, Blow, J, Gregg, R and Patel, S (2019) The sociocultural aspects of takeaway food consumption in a low-socio-economic ward in the large metropolitan city of Manchester: A grounded theory study. BMJ Open, 9 (3). ISSN 2044-6055

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Abstract

Objectives: Takeaway foods form a growing proportion of the UK diet. This consumption is linked with poor health outcomes due to their adverse nutritional profile. However, there is little research regarding the sociocultural context surrounding the consumption of takeaway meals. This research aimed to explore the sociocultural factors that influence the consumption of takeaway foods.
Design: The study employed constructivist grounded theory (GT) methodology. Data were collected using one-to-one semi-structured interviews from an inner-city area of Manchester (Rusholme). Data sorting and analysis was implemented using the GT constant comparative method.
Setting: Rusholme, Manchester, UK.
Participants: Adult participants (aged 18 to 65 years) consuming takeaway meals at least once/month were recruited using social media and community settings.
Results: 13 participants were interviewed (female 69%, mean age=38 years). Three superordinate themes were derived from data: social factors, personal factors and resources. Social Factors included the influence of routines and traditions, influential others and a sense of community in the bonding and affirming of relationships. Personal Factors explored the subordinate themes of controlling damage and values relating to food choice. The third theme ‘Resources’ included time, availability, cost and quality.
Conclusion: This study shows the sociocultural influences on food choice decisions are complex and may go beyond access and availability. Any policy change to limit takeaway consumption should acknowledge these vital processes in food choice to inform targeted effective approaches.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
T Technology > TX Home economics > TX341 Nutrition. Foods and food supply
Divisions: School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
Publisher: BMJ Journals
Date Deposited: 07 May 2019 11:44
Last Modified: 07 May 2019 11:45
DOI or Identification number: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023645
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10648

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