*Centre for Health Policy Research, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK.
Nutrition knowledge, attitudes and fat intake: application of the theory of reasoned action
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics
Volume 5, Issue 6, pages 387–397, December 1992
How to Cite
Shepherd, R. and Towler, G. (1992), Nutrition knowledge, attitudes and fat intake: application of the theory of reasoned action. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 5: 387–397. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-277X.1992.tb00178.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- MS accepted July 1992
- fat intake;
- food choice;
- theory of reasoned action
Validated questionnaires eliciting information on nutrition knowledge and attitudes, related to fat intake from meat, meat products, dairy products and fried foods, were completed by 538 subjects. There were high correlations (ranging from 0.40 to 0.77) between the sums of belief-evaluations, attitudes, intention and self-reported behaviour, with similar correlations for a subgroup of males aged 35–54 years. Nutrition knowledge, showed some statistically significant (but small) negative correlations with components of attitudes. Females had higher nutrition knowledge scores and more negative views of the foods than did males. Fat intake, measured using %day weighed intakes, correlated with self-reported behaviour (r = 0.55, P <0.01) in a subsample of 30 males, aged 35–54 years. Thus, nutrition knowledge seems less clearly related to consumption of these foods than are more specific beliefs and attitudes.