Korean J Community Nutr.  2019 Jun;24(3):232-244. 10.5720/kjcn.2019.24.3.232.

Evaluation of the Nutrition Status and Metabolic Syndrome Prevalence of the Members according to the Number of Household Members based on the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2013–2014)

  • 1Department of Food and Nutrition, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, Korea, Student.
  • 2Daegu Dong-gu Center for Children's Foodservice Management, Daegu, Korea, Nutrition team leader.
  • 3Department of Food and Nutrition, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, Korea, Professor. jsseo@ynu.ac.kr


This study evaluated the nutritional status and prevalence of metabolic syndrome of the people who participated in the KNHANES according to the number of household members. They were assessed by using information from the 2013~2014 Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES).
A total of 6,088 persons aged 19 years and over participated in 2013~2014 KNHANES, and they were classified into three groups according to the number of household members (single-person, two-person, three-person & over). The dietary behavior, nutritional status, health-related factors and the prevalence of metabolic syndrome of the subjects were investigated with using information from the survey questionnaires of KNHANES. The nutrient intake data of the subjects were obtained by the 24-hour recall method and this was analyzed for evaluating the nutrition adequacy ratio and the index of nutritional quality. The prevalence of metabolic syndrome among the subjects, and according to the study groups, was estimated using the blood and physical measurement data of the subjects.
As for EQ-5D index available for all the health states generated by the EQ-5D descriptive system, the single-person household member was the lowest among all the household types. The index of nutrition quality for protein, crude fiber, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin and vitamin C in the single-person household was lower than that of the two-person or the three-person and over households (p<0.001). The mean adequacy ratio of single-person households was significantly decreased compared with that of the other types of households (p<0.001). The prevalence of metabolic syndrome was higher in the single-person households than that in the multiple-person households (p<0.001).
These results showed that dietary behaviors, nutrition status and health status might be influenced by the number of household members. The results from this study would be useful for improving Korean people's dietary life and health status by implementing evidence-based, specialized intervention for the members of diverse types of households.


household members; single-person household; nutrients intake; Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES)

MeSH Terms

Ascorbic Acid
Family Characteristics*
Nutrition Surveys*
Nutritional Status*
Nutritive Value
Ascorbic Acid

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