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Nutrición Hospitalaria

On-line version ISSN 1699-5198Print version ISSN 0212-1611

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ZAZPE, Itziar et al. Eating habits and attitudes towards change in spanish university students and workers. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2013, vol.28, n.5, pp.1673-1680. ISSN 1699-5198.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3305/nh.2013.28.5.6553.

Introduction: Universities and workplaces are important targets for the promotion of the nutritional interventions in adult population. Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess the dietary habits and attitudes towards change in workers and university students from different academic fields. Methods: The study data came from a cross-sectional study of a Spanish University population of 1,429 participants. We analyzed the dietary habits and the attitudes toward dietary change. Results: The mean age of workers and students was 37 and 23 years, respectively. Both groups reported eating four meals per day. Among students, the consumption of vegetables, wine, fish and nuts was less frequent whereas carbonated beverages, commercial bakery, fast food and red meat was higher. On the other hand, overall dietary pattern of science students was healthier than other students. Although no significant differences were found between students and workers in attitudes towards change, 32% of employees and 39% of students said they were seriously considering changing them. Conclusions: The dietary pattern was healthier among workers than among students, particularly those participants that studied social sciences degrees. They constituted the most vulnerable segment of the university population from a nutritional point of view. About a third of workers and students considered changing their habits.

Keywords : University; Food habits; University employees; College students; Attitude toward change.

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