Young Adults Need to Make Time for Healthy Meals
While young adults enjoy and value time spent eating with others, 35 percent of men and 42 percent of women say they do not have time to sit down for a meal, according to a study by researchers at the University of Minnesota.
The study of 1,687 adults ages 18 to 25 found a majority agreed they enjoy social eating, and feel it is important to have social eating experiences and to have regular meals. But because of constraints on their time from school or work, a significant portion of respondents regularly have to “eat on the run.”
The researchers found eating dinner with others was significantly associated with a healthier diet including fruits and vegetables. “Eating on the run” tended to include more soft drinks, fast food, total fat and saturated fat.
The researchers concluded, “Postsecondary institutions and businesses employing young adults should be encouraged to support good nutrition by providing scheduled time and access to facilities for meals, along with healthful meal and snack options.”
Other studies published in the January 2009 Journal of the American Dietetic Association include:
* Total Antioxidant Content of Alternatives to Refined Sugar
* Diet and Physical Activity Patterns of School-Aged Children
* Peer-Modeling Influences Girls’ Snack Intake
* Effect of Portion-Size Information on Food Intake