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Data from: An Exploratory Analysis of Barriers to Usage of the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans

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posted on 2024-02-15, 18:36 authored by Alese M. Nelson, James N. Roemmich

The average American’s diet does not align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2020). The present study aimed to compare fruit and vegetable consumption among those who had and had not heard of the DGA, identify characteristics of DGA users, and identify barriers to DGA use. A nationwide survey of 943 Americans revealed that those who had heard of the DGA ate more fruits and vegetables than those who had not. Men, African Americans, and those who have more education had greater odds of using the DGA as a guide when preparing meals relative to their respective counterparts. Disinterest, effort, and time were among the most cited reasons for not using the DGA. Future research should examine how to increase DGA adherence among those unaware of or who do not use the DGA.

Comparative analyses of fruit and vegetable consumption among those who were aware/unaware and use/do not use the DGA were completed using independent samples t tests. Fruit and vegetable consumption variables were log-transformed for analysis. Binary logistic regression was used to examine whether demographic features (race, gender, and age) predict DGA awareness and usage. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 28.1 and SAS/STAT® version 9.4 TS1M7 (2023 SAS Institute Inc).

Funding

USDA-ARS: 5450-51000-057-00D

History

Data contact name

Nelson, Alese M.

Data contact email

alesemnelson@gmail.com

Publisher

Ag Data Commons

Temporal Extent Start Date

2021-06-01

Temporal Extent End Date

2021-09-30

Theme

  • Not specified

Geographic Coverage

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Geographic location - description

Grand Forks, ND

ISO Topic Category

  • health

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

Dietary Guidelines; United States; fruits; vegetable consumption; national surveys; fruit consumption; vegetables; men; African Americans; education; regression analysis; gender; health beliefs; models; attitudes and opinions; adults

OMB Bureau Code

  • 005:18 - Agricultural Research Service

OMB Program Code

  • 005:040 - National Research

ARS National Program Number

  • 107

Pending citation

  • No

Related material without URL

To be submitted along with a paper titled An Exploratory Analysis of Barriers to Usage of the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans (Nelson & Roemmich; not yet published)

Public Access Level

  • Public

Preferred dataset citation

Nelson, Alese M.; Roemmich, James N. (2023). Data from: An Exploratory Analysis of Barriers to Usage of the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Ag Data Commons. https://doi.org/10.15482/USDA.ADC/1529432

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