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A Blind Man Leads a Blind Man? Personalised Nutrition-Related Attitudes, Knowledge and Behaviours of Fitness Trainers in Hungary

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Faculty of Food Science, Szent István University, 1118 Budapest, Hungary
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WSB University, 41-300 Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland
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Department of Food Economics, Faculty of Food Science, Szent István University, 2100 Gödöllő, Hungary
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Nutrients 2020, 12(3), 663; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12030663
Received: 4 February 2020 / Revised: 25 February 2020 / Accepted: 27 February 2020 / Published: 29 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Personalized Nutrition)
It is well-documented that fitness trainers could play an important role in the nutrition-related behaviour of their clients based on their personalised nutrition-related counselling activities, but there are considerable concerns all over the world about the level of their knowledge to become nutritional coaches. In the framework of the current study based on qualitative (focus-group interviews) and quantitative (questionnaire and analysis of responses by multivariable methods, as well as structural equation modelling) methods, it has been proven that (1) theoretically, both the trainers and the dietitians acknowledge the importance of cooperation in the optimisation of coaching efficiency and advisory work due to some “professional jealousness” and differences in professional background, as well as in culture, so it is hard to find a common platform for cooperation, especially in market segments characterised by relative low levels of purchasing power; (2) due to lack of regulation, there is a high heterogeneity of professional competences of trainers in general and their nutritional competences, in particular; (3) the majority of trainers do not have an objective picture on his/her effective nutritional knowledge, and they often offer a much wider scope of services (e.g., nutritional counselling for clients with chronic diseases) which are well beyond their professional knowledge and (4) the dietary guidelines have not become an integral part of professional knowledge, even at the level of specialists. To improve the current—in some cases, dangerous—situation, the following steps should be taken: (1) enhancement of the level of professional qualification of future trainers, integrating the practice-oriented approaches and emphasising the role of teamwork by simulation-based practices; (2) highlighting in a clear way the professional and ethical boundaries of the activities of trainers and (3) working out an efficient incentive system for the continuous professional development of trainers. View Full-Text
Keywords: coaches; dietary counselling; gym; focus group; personalised nutrition; structural equation modelling coaches; dietary counselling; gym; focus group; personalised nutrition; structural equation modelling
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Kiss, A.; Pfeiffer, L.; Popp, J.; Oláh, J.; Lakner, Z. A Blind Man Leads a Blind Man? Personalised Nutrition-Related Attitudes, Knowledge and Behaviours of Fitness Trainers in Hungary. Nutrients 2020, 12, 663. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12030663

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Kiss A, Pfeiffer L, Popp J, Oláh J, Lakner Z. A Blind Man Leads a Blind Man? Personalised Nutrition-Related Attitudes, Knowledge and Behaviours of Fitness Trainers in Hungary. Nutrients. 2020; 12(3):663. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12030663

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Kiss, Anna, Laura Pfeiffer, József Popp, Judit Oláh, and Zoltán Lakner. 2020. "A Blind Man Leads a Blind Man? Personalised Nutrition-Related Attitudes, Knowledge and Behaviours of Fitness Trainers in Hungary" Nutrients 12, no. 3: 663. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12030663

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