INTRODUCTION. Food is considered by the World Health Organization a major modifiable risk factors for chronic diseases, emphasizing the importance of understanding the feeding habits and their determinants in the current epidemiological scenario. However little is known about the nutritional characteristics and the potential impact of food away from home on health, despite the growing number of people who eat their meals this way. OBJECTIVE. To investigate the nutritional quality of food away from home and their relationship to social, demographic and lifestyle. METHODS. Cross-sectional study, a population-based, through a household survey with a sample of 178 adolescents (12-19 years), 359 adults (20-59 years) and 298 elderly (60 years or more) of both sexes. A questionnaire on lifestyle, socio-demographic, dietary and physical activity through the 24-hour recall. The characteristics of eating away from home will be investigated by using the Meal Quality Index proposed by Bandoni and Jaime in 2008, based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization and Ministry of Health. The association between eating away from home and diet quality, verified by the Diet Quality Index for the Brazilian population reviewed by Previdelli et al (2010), will be investigated by using multiple linear regression models. The proportion of people eating meals outside the home and its association with the social, demographic and lifestyle will be analyzed by Poisson regression with robust variance.
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