Finding the link between social connectivity and dietary intake among rural adolescents in North Carolina and Kentucky
McDonald (2017) conducted a study to determine the relationship between social networks among rural adolescents in Kentucky and North Carolina and dietary intake of added sugars, sugar sweetened beverages, and fruits and vegetables. The study evaluated the association between shopping companionship and dietary outcomes among rural adolescents. The findings of the study revealed positive and negative associations among adolescents who shop with parents or friends. Additionally, the study found that adolescents with greater social network cohesion could be linked with negative dietary outcomes.