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Food Preferences


This information is about the specific health area mentioned above. It comprises a combination of textual and video information, on our site and on external sites.  We will be adding new specific health areas and further information continually.

The idea is for you to understand more about the health area you are addressing before you get too far building your action plan.

General Information

We are what we eat as the saying goes but how true is this? How is it that also some people hate certain foods when they are younger and love them when they are older. Is it social, DNA or just the taste or texture. Is there a link with colour?

In some societies and cultures children are fed hot spicy foods from birth and accept it as a way of life whilst other communities children take years to get accustomed to hot spicy food – if ever.

Well the answer is – who knows? There is much written about food preferences one thing is for sure it’s very individual. Therefore doing your homework,educating yourself about you and your preferences are good ways to start to understand more.

Start here by taking the test and see how you go. If you find any actions that you wish introduce then detail them your action plan and if you need more help with getting started or keeping going then consult with one of our experts.

Background Information

There is information available which will help you formulate your action plan – both on our site and on external sites.

On our site


FuelDrive gives you a massive understanding about your food preferences and some really interesting statistics about food habits.

We have relevant information on FuelDrive

WeightDrive is also linked with food preference because you may consider changing your food habits and its important to know how this might affect your weight.

We have relevant information on WeightDrive

On external site(s)

When you change your food preferences your body can go into imbalance and make you feel uncomfortable – in fact it could be said your body will work against you because humans are creatures of habit and we love to have stability. Regular same food creates a chemical balance in our system. Once we start to change that balance it makes us feel different. That may force many people to slip back into old habits as we feel it is nice there.

This Shape site discusses what happens to your body when you change your food habits and start to eat healthily.

Food preferences from the WUR logo


Sometimes the owner of a video will not allow the video to be played on external sites.  If you see the video is unavailable on the left just click the ‘WATCH NOW’ link on the right and the video will play in a new window.

Food Preference and nutrition

What drives our food preferences and our food choices? The answer involves both biological, psychological and social factors

NutritionSteps have a 7 minute video explaining why we like what we like.

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In order for you to assess what you know about this health area, we suggest using a questionnaire. This might help you understand your situation in this area, or taking it might improve your understanding of the area.

You may be able to take this questionnaire online – either here on our site or on an external site – or download it and complete it on paper – it depends on copyright (and whether we’ve managed to build it on our site!).

The ways you can take a questionnaire:

PDF for download, More than one questionnaire on our site

Take Questionnaire on our site

You can take a questionnaire on our site. This will score the questions automatically and give you a summary showing what your score means.

You will see our questionnaire first, possibly followed by a tab which may contain a second questionnaire (see above).  If you scroll down you will see links to external questionnaire(s) or downloads if there are any. Scroll down until you get to the right place for you!

YDH Questionnaire Selection

The first questionnaire deals with maintaining a healthy weight and diet for adults.The second is for assessing whether you have an Eating Disorder – it’s the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire – it takes around 15 minutes to complete.

YDH Questionnaire Selection

The first questionnaire deals with maintaining a healthy weight and diet for adults.The second is for assessing whether you have an Eating Disorder – it’s the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire – it takes around 15 minutes to complete.

Download questionnaire and take it yourself

You can download at least one questionnaire from our site.  You will have to score the questionnaire yourself.

This is the PDF version of our second questionnaire – the one regarding Eating Disorders.

The Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q) is a 28-item self-reported questionnaire adapted from the semi-structured interview Eating Disorder Examination (EDE) and designed to assess the range and severity of features associated with a diagnosis of eating disorder using 4 subscales (Restraint, Eating Concern, Shape Concern and Weight Concern) and a global score.

Terms of use
The EDE-Q (and its items) is under copyright. It is freely available for non-commercial research use only and no permission need to be sought.

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