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Baby boomers' desires for future health and food services

Tony Worsley (University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia)
Wei Wang (Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia)
Wendy Hunter (Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 13 September 2011




The purpose of this paper is to identify food and health services desired by baby boomers and to examine their likely antecedents.


A random sample of baby boomers in Victoria, Australia (n=1,108) completed a postal survey and rated the desirability of 13 post retirement food and health services.


The strongest demand was expressed for low cost fruit and vegetables, 24‐hour GP services, environmentally friendly foods, and friendly places to meet friends and exercise, among others. Generally, psychographic variables were key predictors of demand for social (health) services, food services, and vitamin pills and herbal remedies. Demand for food services was associated with universalism values.

Research limitations/implications

The cross‐sectional design prevents causal attributions; however, the findings suggest that baby boomers' demand for services falls into three groups, which are related to their psychographic characteristics.


Consideration of these desired services may facilitate the planning of future health and food services for this broad age group.



Worsley, T., Wang, W. and Hunter, W. (2011), "Baby boomers' desires for future health and food services", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 41 No. 5, pp. 359-367.



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