Time pressures are often cited as reasons for not preparing and eating healthy food. The transition from late adolescence into early adulthood is a time where time pressures are changing, from school, work, family, and many adolescents report that these time pressures are a key contributor to their food choices. However, there has been little study of the associations between time use and time pressures in adolescence and early adulthood, and what associations are seen with eating-related behaviours and diet quality. This PhD project will look at timing of food preparation and eating, and how this changes as adolescents move into early adulthood. You will investigate how timing of meals and snacking behaviour are related to other time constraints in adolescents lives, and how perceptions of time scarcity may be related to other priorities at this life stage.
This project will make use of data from national surveys and new data collection, and may include both quantitative and qualitative methods as appropriate.
For more information or informal discussion about this project or similar projects, please contact Dr Eleanor Winpenny – Eleanor.Winpenny@mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk