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Table 3 Factors related to food choice at the individual level; The Food Choice Questionnaire (FCQ) responses (n= available data of the 159 participants for that variable)

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

FCQ factors n (%) Not Important Low Importance Neutral Important Very Important
Keeps me healthy (n=159)a 0 (0.0%) 2 (1.3%) 12 (7.5%) 62 (39.0%) 83 (52.2%)
Nutritious (n=158)a 1 (0.6%) 1 (0.6%) 13 (8.2%) 63 (39.9%) 80 (50.6%)
Easily available (n=159)a 1 (0.6%) 4 (2.5%) 23 (14.5%) 66 (41.5%) 65 (40.9%)
Keeps me awake and alert (n=159)a 4 (2.5%) 7 (4.4%) 21 (13.2%) 68 (42.8%) 59 (37.1%)
High in vitamins/minerals (n=159)a 1 (0.6%) 5 (3.1%) 27 (17.0%) 68 (42.8%) 58 (36.5%)
Tastes good (n=159)a 2 (1.3%) 5 (3.1%) 18 (11.3%) 77 (48.4%) 57 (35.8%)
Good value for money (n=159)a 1 (0.6%) 6 (3.8%) 29 (18.2%) 66 (41.5%) 57 (35.8%)
Helps control my weight (n=159)a 6 (3.8%) 12 (7.5%) 37 (23.3%) 47 (29.6%) 57 (35.8%)
High in protein (n=159)a 0 (0.0%) 6 (3.8%) 26 (16.4%) 73 (45.9%) 54 (34.0%)
Easy to prepare (n=159)a 4 (2.5%) 8 (4.0%) 41 (25.8%) 54 (34.0%) 52 (32.7%)
Can be bought close to where I live or work (n=159)a 3 (1.9%) 13 (8.2%) 29 (18.2%) 66 (41.5%) 48 (30.2%)
Is good for my skin/teeth/hair/nails (n=159)a 2 (1.3%) 7 (4.4.%) 40 (25.2%) 63 (39.6%) 47 (29.6%)
Contains natural ingredients (n=158)a 2 (1.3%) 6 (3.8%) 32 (20.3%) 72 (45.6%) 46 (29.1%)
Can be cooked very simply (n=159)a 4 (2.5%) 12 (7.5%) 29 (18.2%) 73 (45.9%) 41 (25.8%)
Makes me feel good (n=159)a 7 (4.4%) 15 (9.4%) 39 (24.5%) 60 (37.7%) 38 (23.9%)
Not expensive (n=159)a 5 (3.1%) 11 (6.9%) 55 (34.6%) 52 (32.7%) 36 (22.6%)
No additives (n=157)a 3 (1.9%) 18 (11.5%) 62 (39.5%) 45 (28.7%) 29 (28.7%)
No artificial ingredients (n=159)  2 (1.3%) 21 (13.2%) 65 (40.9%) 44 (27.7%) 27 (17.0%)
Low in fat (n=159) 5 (3.1%) 25 (15.7%) 59 (37.1%) 47 (29.6%) 23 (14.5%)
Cheap (n=159) 7 (4.4%) 16 (10.1%) 65 (40.9%) 48 (30.2%) 23 (14.5%)
Takes no time to prepare (n=158) 5 (3.2%) 21 (13.3%) 60 (38.0%) 49 (31.0%) 23 (14.6%)
Helps me relax (n=159) 17 (10.7%) 29 (18.2%) 61 (38.4%) 30 (18.9%) 22 (13.8%)
Helps me cope with stress (n=158)  29 (18.4%) 28 (17.7%) 57 (36.1%) 24 (15.2%) 20 (12.7%)
Has a pleasant texture (n=159) 6 (3.8%) 22 (13.8%) 59 (37.1%) 53 (33.3%) 19 (11.9%)
Low in calories (n=159) 7 (4.4%) 27 (17.0%) 73 (45.9%) 35 (22.0%) 17 (10.7%)
High in fibre (n=159) 5 (3.1%) 19 (11.9%) 70 (44.0%) 49 (30.8%) 16 (10.1%)
Familiar to me (n=159) 13 (8.2%) 28 (17.6%) 44 (27.7%) 61 (38.4%) 13 (8.2%)
Smells nice (n=159) 9 (5.7%) 27 (17.0%) 50 (31.4%) 60 (37.7%) 13 (8.2%)
Helps me cope with life (n=159) 30 (18.9%) 30 (18.9%) 58 (36.5%) 28 (17.6%) 13 (8.2%)
Is what I usually eat (n=159) 20 (12.6%) 27 (17.0%) 61 (38.4%) 39 (24.5%) 12 (7.5%)
Environmentally friendly packaging (n=158) 20 (12.7%) 37 (23.4%) 55 (34.8%) 34 (21.5%) 12 (7.6%)
Has the country of origin clearly marked (n=159) 57 (35.8%) 35 (22.0%) 45 (28.3%) 14 (8.8%) 8 (5.0%)
Comes from countries I approve of politically (n=159) 70 (44.0%) 33 (20.8%) 41 (25.8%) 9 (5.7%) 6 (3.8%)
Looks nice (n=159) 33 (20.8%) 36 (22.6%) 54 (34.0%) 30 (18.9%) 6 (3.8%)
Is like the food I ate when I was a child (n=159) 50 (31.4%) 46 (28.9%) 50 (31.4%) 8 (5.0%) 5 (3.1%)
Cheers me up (n=159) 21 (13.2%) 17 (10.7%) 59 (37.1%) 39 (24.5%) 23 (14.5%)
  1. a Indicates the FCQ factor has an accumulative percentage ≥ 50% for ‘important’ and ‘very important’