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Table 5 Association between user demographics and types of goals set with the eaTracker® My Goals feature

From: A retrospective analysis of real-world use of the eaTracker® My Goals website by adults from Ontario and Alberta, Canada

Sex Males were significantly (p < 0.05) less likely compared to females to set goals related to: Males were more significantly (p < 0.05) more likely compared to females to set goals related to:
• Activity (RM/WYO)
• Vegetables and fruit (RM/WYO)
• Planning/preparing food (RM/WYO)
• When/where foods eaten (RM/WYO)
• Evening/night time eating (WYO)
• Psychological aspects of eating (WYO)
• Generic healthy eating (WYO)
• Weight loss (WYO)
• Weight management/maintenance (WYO)
Be healthier (WYO)
Eat more of certain nutrients (WYO)
• Grain products (RM/WYO)
• Breakfast (RM/WYO)
• Weight gain (WYO)
• Body composition (WYO)
Alcohol (WYO)
Age (with increasing age) Significantly (p < 05) less likely to set goals related to: Significantly (p < 0.05) more likely to set goals related to:
• Activity (RM/WYO)
• Breakfast (RM/WYO)
• Eating out (RM/WYO)
• Body composition (WYO)
Planning and preparing food (RM/WYO)
• Grain products (RM/WYO)
• Meat and alternatives (RM/WYO)
• Portion control (RM/WYO)
• Calorie/food intake amounts (RM/WYO)
• When/where foods eaten (RM/WYO)
• Evening/night time eating (WYO)
• Alcohol (WYO)
• Eat less of certain nutrients (WYO)
• Generic healthy eating (WYO)
• Weight loss (WYO)
• Weight management/maintenance (WYO)
• Disease management (WYO)
• Be healthier (WYO)
BMI (with increasing BMI) Significantly (p < 0.05) less likely to set goals related to: Significantly (p < 0.05) more likely to set goals related to:
• Vegetables/fruit (RM/WYO)
• Milk and alternatives (RM/WYO)
• Meat and alternatives (RM/WYO)
• Eating more of certain nutrients (WYO)
• Weight gain (WYO)
• Weight management/maintenance (WYO)
• Body composition (WYO)
Grain products (RM/WYO)
• Activity (RM/WYO)
• Breakfast (RM/WYO)
• Portion control (RM/WYO)
• Eating out (RM/WYO)
• When/where food eaten (RM/WYO)
• Self-monitoring (WYO)
• Weight loss (WYO)
Activity Significantly (p < 0.05) related to goals for: activity (RM/WYO), vegetables and fruit (RM/WYO), meat and alternatives (RM/WYO), breakfast (RM/WYO), water (RM/WYO), evening/night time eating (WYO), follow Canada’s Food Guide (RM/WYO), generic healthy eating (WYO), weight management/maintenance (WYO), body composition (WYO), disease management (WYO), improve fitness (WYO), fat, sodium, sugar, unhealthy foods (RM/WYO), when/where food is eaten (RM/WYO), eating out (RM/WYO), eat more of certain nutrients (WYO), weight loss (WYO)
Pregnant (P)/
Breastfeeding (B)
Significantly (p < 0.05) less likely to set goals related to: Significantly (p < 0.05) more likely to set goals related to:
• Activity (RM/WYO) (P only)
• Weight loss (WYO) (P only)
When/where food eaten (RM/WYO) (P only)
• Milk and alternatives (RM/WYO) (P only)
• Evening/night time eating (WYO) (B only)
Planning/Preparing food (RM/WYO) (P only)
  1. Ready-made and write your own goals were grouped together into fewer topic areas
  2. RM/WYO: ready-made and write your own goals grouped together; WYO: write your own goals only
  3. Analysis encompassed multivariate binary logistic regression with goal type as the dependent variable (set goal type vs. did not set goal type). Sex, age, BMI, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and self-reported activity were independent variables. Analysis was conducted with SPSS version 23 (IBM Corp, Armonk, NY). Analysis included n = 7,979 users as it excluded n = 88 users who had either an implausible BMI or an unspecified activity level
  4. Goals in italics were borderline statistically significant (p values between 0.05 and 0.1)
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