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This research aimed to study the nutritional consumption behavior, level of the nutritional consumption behavior, and the authentic assessment of the nutritional consumption behavior of elderly in Chonburi province. The data was collected from 120 participants aged 60 years old and above, and 10 participants were observed and interviewed for qualitative study. The research instruments used were questionnaire and observation forms. The data was analyzed in frequency, percentage, standard deviation, and content analysis.
According to the study, findings included that: Most participants were female with a mean height of 158.88 cm and a mean weight of 64.16 kg. They had an average income of 10,000 baht/month and had graduated from secondary school level. Participants had good nutritional food consumption behavior and the authentic assessment of the nutritional consumption behavior details were as follows: Firstly, for ingredients preparation, they had their own backyard garden, purchased meat from mobile food trucks and their family members encouraged them to buy ingredients from a department store. Secondly, most of them carried out home cooking and seldom bought ready-to-eat food from fresh market as they had concerns regarding sanitation and food safety and have genuine concerns regarding personal health and congenital disease. The main dishes consumed by elderly consisted of simmered meat and vegetables with a mild taste, and finally most elderly carry out daily cooking activities consisting of 3 meals per day, refrigerating any surplus food, and reheating later.
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