WHAT ARE THE EATING HABITS OF TODAY’S YOUTH?
25 October 2017 Share

WHAT ARE THE EATING HABITS OF TODAY’S YOUTH?

Recognized as one of the world’s healthiest diets, the Mediterranean diet is also the favorite of İzmir’s youth.

   Asst. Prof. Seda Genç, academic member of Yaşar University’s Department of Food Processing, did a research on eating habits of high school and university students in İzmir. The striking results of the research show that İzmir’s young population does not actually prefer fast food, and base their diet on Mediterranean dishes instead.    

850 STUDENTS SURVEYED

Mediterranean diet is known for its olive oil based recipes prepared with a variety of fruits and vegetables, and cereal nutrients. Dairy products, fish and poultry are also among the main nutrients in the Mediterranean diet.    Surveying 500 university students and 350 high school students using a Mediterranean diet index questionnaire, Asst. Prof. Seda Genç did a research to find out whether Mediterranean diet is an integral part of the youth’s diet. The participants were asked about how often they consume olive oil, fruits and fruit juice, cooked vegetable, legumes, pasta and rice, poultry and fish or desserts and confectioneries, as well as what they have for breakfast every morning. 

The results from the research indicate that the majority of the youth prefer the Mediterranean diet.    To comment on the results, Asst. Prof. Seda Genç  said, “The body mass indexes in 62.6% of the university students have been observed to be within the normal range. As for their Mediterranean diet index, by which we mean to what extent the students’ diet is compatible with Mediterranean diet, the levels of compatibility have been observed to be moderate in 54.6% of these students, high in 13% and low in 32.4%. The body mass indexes in high school students have been determined to be normal in 67.9% of them. The levels of compatibility with the Mediterranean diet have also been observed to be high in 12.8% of the students, moderate in 49.7% and low in 37.5%.”