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Article: Perception of healthy and unhealthy food among Chinese adolescents

TitlePerception of healthy and unhealthy food among Chinese adolescents
Authors
Issue Date2016
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/info/journals/yc/yc.jsp
Citation
Young Consumers, 2016, v. 17 n. 1, p. 32-45 How to Cite?
AbstractPurpose The purpose of this paper is to explore snacking behavior and perspectives on healthy and unhealthy food choices among adolescents in Mainland China. Design/methodology/approach Four focus-group interviews were conducted. Altogether 24 participants were recruited in Changsha, a second-tier city in China, through a convenience sampling process. They were asked to report their snacking behaviors, identify whether certain snacks are healthy or unhealthy and elaborate on factors affecting food choices. Findings Snacking was prevalent among the participants. The most frequently consumed snacks included fruit, milk and instant noodles. Participants’ evaluations for the healthiness of foods were based on the actual nutritional values of those foods, the effects on growth and body weight and word-of-mouth. Choice of snack was driven mainly by taste, image, convenience and health consciousness. Research limitations/implications The finding was based on a non-probability sample. The paper also did not explore the contexts where snacks were consumed. Practical implications Parents can make healthy snacks more accessible at home and at schools. Educators can teach adolescents how to read food labels. Schools can increase the availability of healthy snacks on campus. Social marketers can promote healthy snacks by associating them with fun and high taste. Originality/value This is the first paper on snacking behaviors among adolescents conducted in a second-tier city in China using focus-group methodology. Keywords: Qualitative methods, Adolescence, Obesity, Consumer socialization, Children and food
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/229451
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.323

 

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dc.contributor.authorTse, HLT-
dc.contributor.authorChan, K-
dc.contributor.authorTam, D-
dc.contributor.authorHuang, A-
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-23T14:11:14Z-
dc.date.available2016-08-23T14:11:14Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationYoung Consumers, 2016, v. 17 n. 1, p. 32-45-
dc.identifier.issn1747-3616-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/229451-
dc.description.abstractPurpose The purpose of this paper is to explore snacking behavior and perspectives on healthy and unhealthy food choices among adolescents in Mainland China. Design/methodology/approach Four focus-group interviews were conducted. Altogether 24 participants were recruited in Changsha, a second-tier city in China, through a convenience sampling process. They were asked to report their snacking behaviors, identify whether certain snacks are healthy or unhealthy and elaborate on factors affecting food choices. Findings Snacking was prevalent among the participants. The most frequently consumed snacks included fruit, milk and instant noodles. Participants’ evaluations for the healthiness of foods were based on the actual nutritional values of those foods, the effects on growth and body weight and word-of-mouth. Choice of snack was driven mainly by taste, image, convenience and health consciousness. Research limitations/implications The finding was based on a non-probability sample. The paper also did not explore the contexts where snacks were consumed. Practical implications Parents can make healthy snacks more accessible at home and at schools. Educators can teach adolescents how to read food labels. Schools can increase the availability of healthy snacks on campus. Social marketers can promote healthy snacks by associating them with fun and high taste. Originality/value This is the first paper on snacking behaviors among adolescents conducted in a second-tier city in China using focus-group methodology. Keywords: Qualitative methods, Adolescence, Obesity, Consumer socialization, Children and food-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/info/journals/yc/yc.jsp-
dc.relation.ispartofYoung Consumers-
dc.rightsThis article is © Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here (http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/YC-03-2015-00520). Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titlePerception of healthy and unhealthy food among Chinese adolescents-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailTse, HLT: tommyt@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityTse, HLT=rp01911-
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/YC-03-2015-00520-
dc.identifier.hkuros260217-
dc.identifier.volume17-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage32-
dc.identifier.epage45-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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