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Study reveals that immigrant teenagers eat better than Spanish teenagers
Date:10/3/2007

This release is also available in Spanish.

According to a study carried out at the Department of Experimental Sciences of the University of Granada immigrant teenagers eat better than Spanish teenagers. For this reason, immigrant teenagers have a lower probability of suffering from obesity, diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases caused by bad eating habits. The study has not only analysed for the first time the habits and attitudes of immigrants towards nutrition, but it also has pointed out that interculturality applied to the eating field improves teenagers health.

Lorena Ramos Chamorro is the author of this study, which has been directed by professors Jos Antonio Naranjo Rodrguez and Francisco Gonzlez Garca. Lorena Ramos Chamorro has carried out more than 800 surveys among Spanish and immigrant teenagers in the Basque Country and Castille and Leon. Results of her research have shown that the eating habits of immigrants are much better than those of the Spanish, since they eat more fruit, vegetables, cereals and natural juice than Spanish teenagers. The research also concludes that immigrants eat fewer snacks and sweets. On the other hand, Spanish teenagers drink a higher amount of milk and are more aware of the importance of having breakfast, since 75% of them eat before going to school, although those immigrants that do eat breakfast eat a more complete one and devote more time to it.

For their part, Spanish girls show the highest level of knowledge about issues related to nutrition. However, paradoxically, if compared to the rest of people analyzed in this research, Spanish girls consume the highest percentage of sweets.

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Contact: Lorena Ramos Chamorro
velvetlore@hotmail.com
34-958-243-553
Universidad de Granada
Source:Eurekalert

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