Nutrition Promotion to Prevent Obesity in Young Adults
AbstractYoung adulthood is a vulnerable period for weight gain and the health consequences of becoming obese during this life-stage of serious concern. Some unhealthy dietary habits are typical of young adults in many developed nations encountering the obesity epidemic. These include high sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, lower vegetable intake and greater consumption of foods prepared outside the home including fast foods. Each of these dietary behaviours may place young adults at increased risk for overweight and obesity. Evidence suggests many young adults with unhealthy nutrition behaviours are not considering nor preparing to make changes. To improve their nutrition and health as they progress through the lifecycle requires approaches specifically targeted to this age group. Strategies and programs should include both individual level and population approaches. The evidence base for prevention of weight gain and halting overweight and obesity in young adulthood is currently small with few studies of high quality. Studies modifying food environments in colleges and universities are also of limited quality, but sufficiently promising to conduct further research employing better, more sophisticated, study designs and additionally to include health outcome measures. More research into programs tailored to the needs of young adults is warranted with several studies already underway. View Full-Text
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Allman-Farinelli, M.A. Nutrition Promotion to Prevent Obesity in Young Adults. Healthcare 2015, 3, 809-821.
Allman-Farinelli MA. Nutrition Promotion to Prevent Obesity in Young Adults. Healthcare. 2015; 3(3):809-821.Chicago/Turabian Style
Allman-Farinelli, Margaret A. 2015. "Nutrition Promotion to Prevent Obesity in Young Adults." Healthcare 3, no. 3: 809-821.