Relationship Between Eating Behavior and Dietary Intake in Rural Mexican-American Mothers

Trina M. Aguirre, James T. Kuster, Ann E. Koehler

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We used Spearman’s rho correlations and descriptive statistics (α = 0.05) to explore relationships between maternal eating behaviors (disinhibition, cognitive restraint, and susceptibility to hunger) and frequency of consumption of specific food groups (dairy, fruits, vegetables, meats) in a rural Mexican-American population. Analyses were based on the mothers’ responses to the Three Factor Eating Questionnaire and Willett’s Food Frequency Questionnaire. Cognitive restraint was associated with greater frequency of consumption of vegetables, whereas disinhibition was associated with less frequent consumption of fruit. Susceptibility to hunger may have indirectly influenced the latter by enhancing the level of disinhibition. Mean frequency of consumption of vegetables (1–3 times per month) and fruits (once per week) was less than Healthy People 2020 targets. Additional research is needed to better understand factors contributing to these eating behaviors and patterns. To do so will require developing diet assessment tools that reflect foods typically consumed by this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-227
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017


  • Cognitive restraint
  • Disinhibition
  • Food Frequency Questionnaire
  • Hunger
  • Three Factor Eating Questionnaire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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