Sex and age differences in attitudes and intention to adopt personalised nutrition in a UK sample

Barbara Stewart-Knox, Rui Poínhos, Arnout R.H. Fischer, Mutassam Chaudhrey, Audrey Rankin, Jenny Davison, B Bunting, Lynn J. Frewer, Bruno M.P.M. Oliveira

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AimThere has been an increase in the development of technologies that can deliver personalised dietary advice. Devising healthy, sustainable dietary plans will mean taking into consideration extrinsic factors such as individual social circumstances. The aim of this study was to identify societal groups more or less receptive to and likely to engage with personalised nutrition initiatives.Sample and methodsVolunteers were recruited via a social research agency from within the UK. The resultant sample (N = 1061) was 49% female, aged 18-65 years.ResultsMANOVA (Tukey HSD applied) indicated that females and younger people (aged 18-29 years) had more favourable attitudes and were more likely to intend to adopt personalised nutrition. There were no differences in attitude toward or intention to adopt personalised nutrition between different education levels, income brackets or occupational groups.ConclusionThese results imply that females and younger people may be most likely to adopt personalised nutrition in the future. Initiatives to promote healthy eating should target males and older people.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Public Health
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 14 Dec 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was funded by Food4Me, which is the acronym of the EU FP7 Project “Personalised nutrition: an integrated analysis of opportunities and challenges” (Contract No. KBBE.2010.2.3-02, Project No.265494) .

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  • Personalised nutrition
  • Education
  • Income
  • occupation
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Occupation


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