Perceived influences on diet among urban, low-income African Americans

Sean C. Lucan, Frances K. Barg, Alison Karasz, Christina S. Palmer, Judith A. Long

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Objectives: To understand perceived influences on consumption of fruits, vegetables, and fast foods for urban, low-income African Americans. Methods: Semi-structured interviews with 33 African American adults from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, using continuous, iterative, thematic analysis. Results: Influences on dietary behaviors that emerged included economic considerations; food characteristics; health concerns and health effects; participants' personal influences; social and cultural influences; neighborhood, home, and work environments; and broader contextual influences. There were important differences by age group and gender. Conclusion: Strategies to improve dietary patterns in urban, low-income, African-American communities might make use of overall and age- and gender-specific perspectives from within the community we report. Copyright (c) PNG Publications All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)700-710
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012


  • African American
  • Fast food
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Income
  • Qualitative research
  • Urban

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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