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THE DIETARY BEHAVIOR OF DIFFERENT FAMILY TYPES IN GREECE: 1957-2008. AN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
Constantinos C. Frangos, Christos C. Frangos, Georgios Georgakopoulos, Konstantinos Z. Vasileiou, Dimitrios Tsakiris, Ioannis Sotiropoulos

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Abstract


This paper aims to describe the dietary behaviour of the different family types (in terms of size and composition) in Greece during the period 1957 to 2008. It attempts to highlight the characteristics of the different family types that influence the evolution of their food consumption behaviour. Data derived from the Household Budget Surveys (HBS) of the Greek Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) and were analyzed with methods of descriptive statistics (SPSS and Excel programs). The examined period of the study is characterized by the most significant changes observed in the Greek diet over time. The study results indicate that the Mediterranean-Greek (traditional) dietary patterns rapidly decline and the Western origin, “modern”, industrial ones prevail. The younger and smaller households are the leaders of these changes and of the industrialization of dietary behaviour in postwar Greece, while those consisting of elderly people and the large families‟ households are classified as more traditional in their dietary behavior

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