Adolescents' views on food and nutrition

Mary Story, Michael D Resnick

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This study, which investigated the opinions and views of adolescents throughout the state of Minnesota, examines a range of nutrition-related topics. Using a small group discussion format and qualitative survey methods, we polled 900 high school students. Data were analyzed using content analytic techniques. In general, we found that adolescents were well informed about good health and nutrition practices, but they did not translate this knowledge into food behavior. Adolescents felt that there were many barriers to changing their dietary behaviors—specifically, lack of time, lack of discipline, and lack of a sense of urgency. We discuss the implications for nutrition education and designing programs aimed at changing adolescent dietary behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-192
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

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