Frequency of Visiting and Food Dollars Spent at Carryouts Among Low-Income, Urban African American Adults

Seung Hee Lee, Vanessa A. Hoffman, Sara N. Bleich, Joel Gittelsohn

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Abstract

Americans are eating out more frequently and spending more money on food consumed away from home. Though a growing body of research has examined consumer behavior at franchised fast-food restaurants, little attention has focused on carryouts (food establishments selling ready-to-eat food and beverages for off-premises consumption). Low-income, urban African American adults eat out an average of 4.1 times each week and 78% were at local carryout restaurants (3.2 times each week). At each carryout visit, they spend an average of $10.30. Given the frequency of visiting and food dollars spent at carryouts, this may be an important venue for intervening to improve dietary habits among low-income African American adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-467
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Keywords

  • African American
  • carryout
  • food away from home
  • food desert
  • low-income

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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