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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Characterisation of meat consumption across sociodemographic, lifestyle and anthropometric groups in Switzerland : results from the National Nutrition Survey menuCH
Authors: Tschanz, Linda
Kaelin, Ivo
Wróbel, Anna
Rohrmann, Sabine
Sych, Janice Marie
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1017/S136898002200101X
Published in: Public Health Nutrition
Issue Date: 25-Apr-2022
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1368-9800
Language: English
Subjects: Switzerland; Dietary survey; Meat consumption; Meat determinants; menuCH
Subject (DDC): 613.2: Dietetics
614: Public health and prevention of disease
Abstract: Objective: Characterising meat consumption in Switzerland across sociodemographic, lifestyle and anthropometric groups. Design: Representative national data from the menuCH survey (two 24-hour dietary recalls, anthropometric measurements and a lifestyle questionnaire) was used to analyse the total average daily intake of meat and main meat categories. Energy-standardised average intake (g/1000 kcal) was calculated and its association with 12 sociodemographic, lifestyle and anthropometric variables was investigated using multivariable linear regression. Setting: Switzerland. Participants: 2,057, aged 18-75 years old Results: Average total meat intake was 109 g/day, which included 43 g/day of processed meat, 37 g/day of red meat, and 27 g/day of white meat. Energy-standardised meat intake was highest for men, the Italian-language region, and the youngest age group (18-29 years). Regression results showed significantly lower total meat and red meat consumption (g/1000 kcal) for women than men. However, there were no sex-specific differences for white meat. Total meat and white meat consumption were positively associated with the 18-29 age group, compared to 30-44 years, non-Swiss compared to Swiss participants, and one-parent families with children compared to couples without children. Consumption of all categories of meat showed positive associations for BMI > 25kg/m2 compared to BMI 18.5-25kg/m2, and for French- and Italian-language regions compared to German language region. Conclusion: This study reveals that there are significant differences in the amounts and types of meat consumed in Switzerland, suggesting that evidence-based risks and benefits of these categories need to be emphasised more in meat consumption recommendations.
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Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Computational Life Sciences (ICLS)
Institute of Food and Beverage Innovation (ILGI)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: Was isst die Schweiz?
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