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Psychol Rep. 2007 Jun;100(3 Pt 1):727-30.

A content analysis of the Japanese interpretation of "eating a balanced diet" .

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Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Ochanomizu University, 2-1-1 Otsuka, Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo 112-8610, Japan.


The purpose of this study was to examine how Japanese workers (n= 391) think about "eating a balanced diet" daily. Respondents were 263 men and 128 women whose mean age was 43.1 yr. (SD= 10.9). Content analysis was used to analyze qualitatively responses to a survey. Responses were categorized into Eating a variety of foods, Different types of foods, and Nutritional components. The category, Eating a variety of foods, contained unique behaviors, such as "not continually eating the same foods" rather than eating specific foods or for nutrition. Because interpretations of what "eating a balanced diet" means varied, nutrition professionals should rephrase their advice into language which specifies more clearly practices for daily life.

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