Daily eating events among co-living and single-living diseased older men

  • K. Kullberg
  • A. C. Åberg
  • A. Bjorklund
  • J. Ekblad
  • B. Sidenvall


Objectives: To analyse, describe and compare the frequency and energy intake of eating events, including specific food items, among diseased older men living in ordinary housing.Design: Descriptive and explorative.Setting: Interviews were performed in the participants’ home.Participants: Thirty-five co-living and 26 single-living men, 64–88 years of age. Participants had one of three chronic diseases associated with difficulties in buying and preparing food and with difficulties related to the meal situation: Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis or stroke.Measurements: A repeated 24-h recall was used to assess food intake and meal patterns.Results: Eating events were distributed over a 24-h period. Co-living men had a higher (p=0.001) number of eating events/day; both hot and cold eating events were consumed more frequently. There was no difference between groups concerning energy intake. Co-living men more often had hot eating events cooked from raw ingredients (p=0.001) and a greater mix of vegetables/roots (p=0.003) included in such eating events.Conclusion: Single-living men may constitute a vulnerable group from a nutritional perspective, while co-living men, besides the pleasure of eating with another person, seem to get support with food and eating events from their partners. Hence, the group of single-living men, particularly those with a disability, should receive particular attention with regard to possible food-related difficulties.

Key words

Eating events disease food item older men 24-h recall 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Kullberg
    • 1
  • A. C. Åberg
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. Bjorklund
    • 3
  • J. Ekblad
    • 4
  • B. Sidenvall
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Public Health and Caring SciencesUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.The Swedish School of Sport and Health SciencesStockholmSweden
  3. 3.Department of RehabilitationSchool of Health SciencesJönköpingSweden
  4. 4.Department of Domestic SciencesUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  5. 5.Department of Nursing ScienceSchool of Health SciencesJönköpingSweden

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