The journal of nutrition, health & aging

, Volume 21, Issue 10, pp 1240–1249 | Cite as

Perceived resources as a predictor of satisfaction with food-related life among Chilean elderly: An approach with generalized linear models

  • G. Lobos
  • B. Schnettler
  • K. G. Grunert
  • C. Adasme



The main objective of this study is to show why perceived resources are a strong predictor of satisfaction with food-related life in Chilean older adults.

Design, sampling and participants

A survey was conducted in rural and urban areas in 30 communes of the Maule Region with 785 participants over 60 years of age who live in their own homes. The Satisfaction with Food-related Life (SWFL) scale was used. Generalized linear models (GLM) were used for the regression analysis.


The results led to different considerations: First, older adults’ perceived levels of resources are a good reflection of their actual levels of resources. Second, the individuals rated the sum of the perceived resources as ‘highly important’ to explain older adults’ satisfaction with food-related life. Third, SWFL was predicted by satisfaction with economic situation, family importance, quantity of domestic household goods and a relative health indicator. Fourth, older adults who believe they have more resources compared to others are more satisfied with their food-related life. Finally, Poisson and binomial logistic models showed that the sum of perceived resources significantly increased the prediction of SWFL.


The main conclusion is that perceived personal resources are a strong predictor of SWFL in Chilean older adults.

Key words

Older adults family importance scale health measures Poisson and binomial logistic model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Lobos
    • 1
  • B. Schnettler
    • 2
  • K. G. Grunert
    • 3
  • C. Adasme
    • 4
  1. 1.Interdisciplinary Excellence Research Program on Healthy Ageing (PIEI-ES)Universidad de TalcaTalcaChile
  2. 2.Universidad de La FronteraTemucoChile
  3. 3.Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark
  4. 4.Universidad Católica del MauleMauleChile

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