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FSP USP alert for low consumption of vegetables among adolescents

Research concluded that the consumption of FV by the adolescent population of SP was below the recommendations of the Ministry of Health

 
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To evaluate the consumption of fruits and vegetables (FV) among adolescents in São Paulo and to identify factors associated with the goal of research is "Determinants of fruit and vegetables by the adolescent population of São Paulo", in authored by nutritionist Roberta S. Bigio, Postgraduate student, Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health (FSP) of USP, under the guidance of professor. Dr. Dirce Maria Lobo Marchioni, with the co-author Michelle Alessandra de Castro, Elisha Verly Junior, Regina Mara Fisberg, Dirce Maria Lobo Marchioni. The thesis will be presented at the Second World Congress of Nutrition in Public Health to be held in Porto in Portugal, 23-25 September. The consumption of fruits and vegetables (FV) is particularly important during adolescence because of the high nutrient content and high bodily needs during this period of rapid growth and development. The realization of this fact and the hypothesis that such consumption was low among teenagers, was what motivated dietitian Roberta in this research.

The study was conducted with 812 adolescents of both sexes held in São Paulo in 2003 from the analysis of survey data ISA Capital. Food consumption was measured by 24-hour food recall.

The results showed that only 6.4% of adolescents consume the minimum recommendation of 400g/day FV and 22% did not consume any type of FLV on the day assessed. When the variables were analyzed per capita household income and schooling of the household head, it was realized that these were influencing the consumption of FV, and cases with higher income or more education, those who noticed the increase in FV intake.

Based on these results the researcher concluded that the consumption of FV by the adolescent population of São Paulo was below the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and is influenced by per capita household income and schooling of the household head.

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