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American Dietetic Association releases 2008 nutrition trends survey
Date:11/6/2008

they need to do to eat right and be healthy," Gazzaniga-Moloo said.

"The findings indicate there will likely always be a core group of consumers who remain in the Don't Bother Me segment, so our challenge as registered dietitians is to move as many people as possible, through healthful eating messages and nutrition-related health-care services, from I Know I Should the people who 'get it' into I'm Already Doing It," Gazzaniga-Moloo said.

According to ADA's 2008 survey, two-thirds of consumers said diet and nutrition are "very important" to them personally (67%), and three in five said physical activity is very important (61%). This continues an upward trend that has been occurring since ADA's first survey in 1991.

"It's great to see these trends continue to head upward, but there is definitely still room for improvement in Americans' eating and physical activity habits," Gazzaniga-Moloo said.

Women were more likely than men to say diet and physical activity both are very important, while younger adults were much less likely than older people to consider diet and nutrition very important. Meanwhile, physical activity is seen as very important by all age groups, representing slight but consistent increases in recent years.

And people with a college education and beyond were more likely to say diet and nutrition are very important than people with a high school degree or less.


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