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Table 2 Perceived barriers to eating a healthier diet: The Perceived Barriers to Healthy Eating ranked responses

From: Law enforcement personnel are willing to change, but report influencing beliefs and barriers to optimised dietary intake

What barriers to healthy eating can you identify with? n (%) Overall
Busy lifestyle 94 (59.5%)
Irregular working hours 64 (40.5%)
Lengthy preparation 55 (34.8%)
Price of healthy foods 51 (32.3%)
Cooking skills 48 (30.4%)
Not knowing enough about healthy eating 46 (29.1%)
Not enough food to satisfy hunger 31 (19.6%)
Limited choice when I eat out 30 (19.0%)
Giving up foods I like 25 (15.8%)
Willpower 24 (15.2%)
Unappealing food 20 (12.7%)
Taste preferences of family and friends 20 (12.7%)
Healthy food is more perishable 17 (10.8%)
Strange or unusual foods 15 (9.5%)
Experts keep changing their minds 10 (6.3%)
Storage facilities 9 (5.7%)
Limited cooking facilities 8 (5.1%)
Healthy options not available canteen/home 7 (4.4%)
I don’t want to change my eating habits 2 (1.3%)
Healthy food more awkward to carry from shops 2 (1.3%)
Too great a change from my current diet 1 (0.6%)
Feeling conspicuous amongst others 0 (0.0%)