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Title: A survey of household food purchases and dietary habits in relation to affluence among Singapore Chinese
Authors: Gourley, L.
Duffy, S.W.
Lee, H.P. 
Walker, A.M.
Day, N.E.
Issue Date: 1988
Citation: Gourley, L.,Duffy, S.W.,Lee, H.P.,Walker, A.M.,Day, N.E. (1988). A survey of household food purchases and dietary habits in relation to affluence among Singapore Chinese. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 42 (4) : 333-343. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: A survey of 40 Singapore Chinese households was performed, obtaining information on major perishabe foods purchased for home consumption in the previous week, extent of home consumption (eating in), household dietary habits and housing type, the last as a measure of affluence. Eating out was very common: nine (23 per cent) households ate less than 50 per cent of meals at home. Excluding these nine households, consumption and habits were compared between more affluent and less affluent households. The more affluent households purchased more red meat/offal (P = 0.001), poultry (P = 0.002), vegetables other than green leafy (P = 0.04), fruit (P = 0.007) and eggs (P = 0.04); they also differed significantly in various dietary habits. Significant differences were also observed between English-speaking and Chinese-speaking households. The results suggest that increasing affluence may have brought about substantial dietary change in Singapore, thus meriting further study of the role of diet in changing disease patterns in Singapore.
Source Title: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/113345
ISSN: 03084329
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