2013 Nutrition - Consumption of Foods Not Prepared at Home Indicator Report

Purpose of the Health Indicator Report

To provide information on how often Halton adults aged 18 and over eat meals or snacks not prepared at home.

Key Findings

Overall Findings and Trends Over Time

  • In 2013, 55%(±3) of adults aged 18 and over in Halton Region reported having eaten at a restaurant in the last week, 45%(±3) reported having eaten fast food in the last week and 30% (±3) reported having picked up ready-to-eat food from the grocery store during the last week.
  • From 2001 to 2013 the percent of adults aged 18 and over in Halton who reported having eaten fast food during the last week decreased from 55% (±3) to 45% (±3), and this decrease was statistically significant.
  • From 2001 to 2013 there were no statistically significant changes in the percent of Halton adults aged 18 and over who reported having eaten at a restaurant or having picked up ready-to-eat food from the grocery store during the last week.

Sex

  • In 2013, Halton males [54%(±5)] aged 18 and over were more likely than females [38%(±4)] to report having eaten fast food during the last week. This difference was statistically significant.
  • In 2013, there were no statistically significant differences by sex in the percent of adults aged 18 and over in Halton who reported having eaten at a restaurant or having picked up ready-to-eat food from the grocery store during the last week.

Age

  • In 2013, the percent of Halton adults aged 18 and over who reported having eaten fast food during the last week decreased as age increased. This difference was statistically significant when comparing adults aged 18-24 [64%(±13)] to adults aged 45-64 [44%(±4)] and 65+ [33%(±5)]. Differences were also statistically significant when comparing adults aged 25-44 [53%(±6)] to adults aged 65+ [33%(±5)].
  • In 2013, there were no statistically significant differences by age in the percent of adults aged 18 and over in Halton who reported having eaten at a restaurant or having picked up ready-to-eat food from the grocery store during the last week.

Municipality

  • In 2013, adults aged 18 and over in Burlington, Oakville and Milton were more likely than adults in Halton Hills to report having eaten at a restaurant during the last week. This difference was statistically significant when comparing adults in Burlington [57%(±4)] and Oakville [57%(±5)] to adults in Halton Hills [44%(±8)].
  • In 2013, there were no statistically significant differences by municipality in the percent of adults aged 18 and over in Halton who reported having eaten fast food or having picked up ready-to-eat food from the grocery store during the last week.

Income

  • In 2013, Halton adults aged 18 and over in the high income group [67%(±6)] were more likely to report having eaten at a restaurant during the last week compared to adults in the low [52%(±6)] and middle [53%(±5)] income groups. This difference was statistically significant.
  • In 2013, there were no statistically significant differences by income in the percent of adults aged 18 and over in Halton who reported having eaten fast food or having picked up ready-to-eat food from the grocery store during the last week.

Education

  • In 2013, there were no statistically significant differences by education in the percent of adults aged 18 and over in Halton who reported having eaten at a restaurant, eaten fast food or having picked up ready-to-eat food from the grocery store during the last week.