Different patterns of Australian adults' knowledge of foods and nutrients related to metabolic disease risk

Anthony Worsley, Wei C. Wang, Stephanie Byrne, Heather Yeatman

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A nationwide survey of 2022 consumers was conducted in Australia in late 2011. A short list of questions about knowledge of the nutrient composition of common foods was administered along with questions about the respondents' food attitudes, demographics, school education and dieting practices. Overall, the results showed that nutrition knowledge was relatively high. Latent class analysis showed two groups of consumers with ‘high’ and ‘low’ knowledge of nutrition. Higher knowledge was positively associated with age, female sex, university education, experience of home economics or health education at school, having a chronic disease, and attitudes to food issues, and negatively with type 1 diabetes or the use of diabetes-control diets. The implications of the findings for nutrition communication are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nutritional Science
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Nutrition knowledge
  • Attitudes toward food
  • Chronic diseases
  • Demographics
  • Latent class analysis
  • Surveys
  • Australia

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