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Mediterranean diet and peoples’ nutritional habits aged 18-40

Georgia Antonoglou1, Irini Karathimiou1
Supervisor: Miltiadis Theocharis2

  1. Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Agricultural Technology and Food and Nutrition Technology, TEI of Thessaly,
  2. Scientific Associate – University Scholar, TEI of Thessaly, Greece

Pages: 13-26


Nutrition is an important factor for one’s health. Specifically, adopting the Mediterranean diet model contributes to people’s quality of life and longevity. The purpose of this work is to investigate whether 18-40 year olds follow this dietary pattern and their eating habits. The study involved 200 people (N = 70 men and N = 130 women) aged 18-40, with a prevailing age group of 18-23. Based on their answers, the majority use alcohol up to 1 time / week and exercise systematically. It was also found that most people aged 18-23 and 23-29 consume small amounts of fruits, vegetables, legumes. While they often choose meat, sweets, soft drinks, fast food and whole grains. In contrast, most people aged 30-35 and 36-40 consume the recommended frequency of meat, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts. It also consumes home-cooked meals, moderate amounts of alcohol daily. Finally, it chooses healthy ways of cooking and rarely fast food and sweets. As a result, people in the age group of 30 – 40 follow a healthier lifestyle that is more compatible with the Mediterranean diet than in the age group of 18 – 29.


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