Authors: Oana Anamaria Moldovan, Paula Mihaela Oniță, Roxana Maria Martin-Hadmaș
Community Nutrition and Food Safety Department, “George Emil Palade” University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science, and Technology of Targu Mures, Romania
Background. Malnutrition is based on poor nutrition and in adolescents can increase the risk of many pathologies. The education in dietary behaviour is necessary. Are food choices important for the weight status?
Aims. The purpose of this study was to analyze the correlation between food and the level of malnutrition in a group of teenagers from the urban environment.
Methods. The current study used a questionnaire administered for a period of 3 days among students where they had to mention the foods, quantities and times of ingestion. The subjects had to go through a series of anthropometric measurements.
Results. Only 8.33% of participants met their caloric needs. Weight and BMI were positively associated with systolic blood pressure.
Conclusions. The diet of the teenagers from the analyzed study group is unbalanced and does not meet the real dietary requirements, the percentage of malnutrition being high.
Keywords: malnutrition, eating habits, adolescents, carbohydrates.