Dietary habits among Italian adolescents and their relation to socio-demographic characteristics: the Italian Health Behaviour in School-aged Children 2018 results

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Objective. The aim is to describe dietary habits and their association with socio-demographic
characteristics in a large nationally representative sample of Italian adolescents
aged 11, 13 and 15 years.
Materials and methods. Data from the 2018 Italian Health Behaviour in School-aged
Children (HBSC) survey on 58,976 adolescents were analysed to determine eating habits.
Logistic regression was used to investigate the association between incorrect dietary
habits and potential predictors.
Results. 38.3% of boys and 48.1% of girls skipped breakfast and 54.1% did not consume
fruit and/or vegetables daily. 15.9% of boys and 11.3% of girls drank carbonated-sugary
beverages at least once a day. Incorrect dietary habits were more common among boys,
adolescents with lower socio-economic conditions, residents in Southern Italy and those
spending more time watching TV. Italian adolescents were more likely to have incorrect
dietary habits compared with those from most other countries involved in 2018 HBSC.
Conclusions. Action is needed to improve dietary habits among adolescents.

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Paola Nardone - Centro Nazionale per la Prevenzione delle Malattie e la Promozione della Salute, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italia https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1238-0114

Daniela Pierannunzio - Centro Nazionale per la Prevenzione delle Malattie e la Promozione della Salute, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italia

Silvia Ciardullo - Centro Nazionale per la Prevenzione delle Malattie e la Promozione della Salute, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italia

Giacomo Lazzeri - Dipartimento di Medicina Molecolare e dello Sviluppo, Università degli studi di Siena, Italia

Nazario Cappello - Dipartimento di Scienze della Sanità Pubblica e Pediatriche, Università degli studi di Torino, Italia

Angela Spinelli - Centro Nazionale per la Prevenzione delle Malattie e la Promozione della Salute, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italia

2018 HBSC-Italia Group are listed before the References

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Nardone, P., Pierannunzio, D., Ciardullo, S., Lazzeri, G., Cappello, N., Spinelli, A., & 2018 HBSC-Italia Group are listed before the References. (2020). Dietary habits among Italian adolescents and their relation to socio-demographic characteristics: the Italian Health Behaviour in School-aged Children 2018 results. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 56(4), 504-513. Retrieved from https://annali.iss.it/index.php/anna/article/view/1177
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