Mara Cristina RomeroNational University of the Austral Chaco, Argentina
Title: Eating habits of newcomers to the Bachelor's degree in Nutrition at an Argentine University
Today young people are autonomous at younger ages and one of the aspects of this autonomy is food, since they decide what, where, how and when to eat. In general, they prefer "unhealthy, rich in simple sugars and saturated fat" foods due to its comparatively low prices and its availability at any time and place. Therefore, the objectives of the present work were to evaluate the nutritional status and consumption of obesogenic foods of the students entering the Bachelor of Nutrition program at the Universidad Nacional Del Chaco Austral in 2018, and to identify factors that condition the consumption of obesogenic foods. This study was descriptive, cross-sectional, and carried out in a cohort population at the Universidad Nacional del Chaco Austral. The selected population was made up of 108 incoming students of the bachelor’s degree in nutrition during the year 2018, with an average age of 22 years. The Body Mass Index was determined, and a consumption frequency survey was applied in 108 students, average age 22, using a convenience sample. It was found that over 50% of respondents had normal weight, 19 % of students and 24,1 % of students were overweight, obese type I introduced him 5,1 % of women and 13,8 % of men and obesity II 1,3 % of women and 6,9 % of men. Weekly consumption of both sexes fattening foods was raised, observing differences (p <0.05), depending sweet or savory. Regarding the main factors that influence the consumption of these foods, it was determined that taste was the reason why most students consume obesogenic foods, followed by socializing with friends and family, and then the lack of time and anxiety.
Mara C. Romero, Profesor, Departamento de Ciencias Básicas y Aplicadas, and Secretary of Investigation Unit at the Universidad Nacional del Chaco Austral. She is Associate Investigator at Instituto de Investigaciones en Procesos Tecnológicos Avanzados (INIPTA), CONICET. She has over 50 publications that have been cited over 100 times and has over 2,455 reads. She has direct projects and students and been serving as a reviewer of several reputed journals.