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J Nutr Health. 2018 Apr;51(2):168-176. Korean.
Published online April 30, 2018.
© 2018 The Korean Nutrition Society
Food consumption behaviors of women by marital status: focus on the 2015 consumers survey data on food consumption behaviors
Eun-kyung Kim,1 and Se-Young Ju2
1Research Institute of Natural Science, Sangmyung University, Seoul 03016, Korea.
2Major in Food Science, College of Biomedical and Health Science, Konkuk University, Chungju, Chungbuk 27478, Korea.

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Received January 19, 2018; Revised February 02, 2018; Accepted February 07, 2018.

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This study was conducted to analyze food consumption behavior of women by marital status based on the 2015 consumer survey data on Food Consumption Behaviors of the Korea Rural Economic Institute.


We analyzed data describing 3,312 women aged 19 ~ 75 who were the main buyers of foods in their household. The food purchase patterns, dining-out behavior, and use of food-delivery and take-out were investigated.


Overall, 40.5% of unmarried women shopped for food once per week and 37.4% spent 200,000 ~ 400,000 won per month. Additionally, 43.1% of married women shopped 2 ~ 3 times per week and 26.6% spent 400,000 ~ 600,000 won (p < 0.0001). Dining-out frequency and one-time cost per person of dining-out for unmarried women were higher than those for married women. With delivery/take-out food frequency, 2 time per week was the highest rate among married women (34.6%) and once per week was the highest among unmarried women (31.2%) respectively.


The results of this study indicate food consumption behaviors and trends of Korean women by marital status. This study provides basic data that will be useful for food industries establishing marketing strategies to better meet consumer demands.

Keywords: Korean women; food consumption behavior; database; marital status; dining-out


Table 1
General characteristics of the subjects1)
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Table 2
Food consumption behaviors by marital status1)
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Table 3
Eating-out behaviors by marital status1)
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Table 4
Uses of food-delivery and take-out by marital status1)
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Table 5
Processed or prepared foods purchase behaviors by marital status1)
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This work was supported by grants from Amorepacific Foundation.

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