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One of the objective of this study was to assess and compare the influence of taste preference factors, microeconomic factors, personal and health status factors, practical considerations, and the accessibility of retail outlets on the selection and purchase of foods within two cohorts of elderly people.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Health and diet, Ageing

Socio-economic circumstances, physical health, psychological well-being, mobility, use of social and health services, dentition, storage and cooking facilities, smoking, alcohol consumption, dietary restrictions, appetite, cooking skills, access to and choice of food retailers, supplement usage, food eaten and bought, cost of the food, where the food was eaten, with whom the food was eaten, frequency with which named foods were eaten, types of products eaten, food labelling, influences on choices of foods, brands and retailers, the influence of food on health, nutritional knowledge, concerns about food risks, resistance to change, locus of control, sources of information.

Nottingham, accidents, alcohol consumption, alcoholic drinks, anthropometric data, attitudes, beverages, canteens, care of dependants, care of the elderly, cars, cereal products, choice, chronic illness, communities, confectionery, cooking, cooking facilities, correspondence, costs, dairy products, day centres, dental health, dentures, diet and nutrition, disabilities, diseases, domestic appliances, domestic, responsibilities, domestic science education, driving, edible fats, educational background, eggs (as food), elderly, employment, employment history, ethnic groups, everyday life, examinations, families, family members, father's occupation, fathers, financial resources, fish (as food), food, food additives, food control, food preparation, food storage, food supplements, friends, fruit, general practitioners, gifts, heads of household, health, health advice, health consultations, health professionals, holidays, home ownership, home-grown foods, households, housework, housing, housing tenure, income, industries, information, information sources, landlords, large shops, marital history, marital status, meals, meals-on-wheels, meat, medical care, medical diets, medical self-treatment, meetings, milk, mobile shops, motor processes, newspaper readership, non-prescription drugs, nutrients, nuts, occupational pensions, occupational status, occupations, old people's clubs, packaging, periodicals, periodicals readership, personal hygiene, personal social services, place of birth, post offices, prescription drugs, preserved foods, private personal pensions, products, psychological tests, public houses, public libraries, public transport, qualifications, quality of life, railway transport, religious attendance, religious food customs, rented accommodation, residential mobility, resistance to change, restaurants, retirement, salt, satisfaction, savings, savoury snacks, self-esteem, shopping, shops, slimming diets, smoking, smoking cessation, social activities (leisure), social housing, social integration, social interaction, social isolation, social participation, social security benefits, social support, socio-economic status, spouse's occupation, spouses, state retirement pensions, street markets, sugar, synthetic foods, take-away meals, teeth, telephone calls, television programmes, tenants' home purchasing, tinned foods, trade, travel, vegetables, vision impairments, vitamins, voluntary work, voting behaviour, walking, walking aids, washing facilities, weight (physiology), working time
Identifier Variables
Economic/Subject Categories
Area of Health System
Public health
Data Available
Risk behaviours, Socio-economic, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
University of Nottingham and University of Sheffield
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
1994, 1995, 1996
Unit of Analysis

Non-institutionalised individuals aged 65 years and over, in the urban area of the City of Nottingham and non-institutionalised individuals aged 55 years and over, in rural areas comprising parts of Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. Sample size approximately 2000 cases.

ESDS Access and Preservation, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access