Trends in Canadian Meal Time Patterns from 1992–2010: A Comparative Study of Anglophone and Francophone Men and Women

By Davod Ahmadigheidari.

Published by Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

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It has been well documented that family meals are on the decline. However, little is known about time use relatively on the time spent on meal between Anglophones and Francophones in Canada. The main objective of this study is to explore time spent on meals at home, with consideration of education levels and family types between Anglophones and Francophones (thirty to sixty years of age). Data from the “General Social Survey” (1992, 1998, 2005, and 2010) were analyzed. Results indicated that the time spent on meals declined for both Anglophones and Francophone from 1992 to 2010. However, Francophones appeared willing to spend much more time on meals at home than Anglophones. Men and women with higher education spent more times on meals than lower education. Findings of the current analyses also showed that family type (i.e., living alone, single-parent, couple-only, and two-parent) makes difference for the amount of time spent on meals.

Keywords: Meal, Family Type, Education Level meal, Family Type, Education Level, Convenience Foods, Single And Double-Headed Families

Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 6, Issue 4, December 2016, pp.31-42. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 21, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 704.945KB)).

Davod Ahmadigheidari

PhD Student in Sociology, Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada