Friday, November 7, 2008

2008 Nutrition Trends Survey Released By American Dietetic Association

“Increasing numbers of American adults are aware of the importance of nutrition and physical activity and are taking steps to eat a healthy diet and engage in exercise, according to the American Dietetic Association's nationwide consumer opinion survey, Nutrition and You: Trends 2008. In each ADA survey since 1991, ADA has used respondents' answers to a number of different questions to segment consumers into three groups representing people's overall attitudes toward maintaining a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. ‘These trends tell us people are paying more attention to their nutritional and physical activity needs and are increasingly doing what they need to do to eat right and be healthy,’ Gazzaniga-Moloo said. According to ADA's 2008 survey, two-thirds of consumers said diet and nutrition are "very important" to them personally (67%), and three in five said physical activity is very important (61%). This continues an upward trend that has been occurring since ADA's first survey in 1991. ‘It's great to see these trends continue to head upward, but there is definitely still room for improvement in Americans' eating and physical activity habits,’ Gazzaniga-Moloo said. Women were more likely than men to say diet and physical activity both are very important, while younger adults were much less likely than older people to consider diet and nutrition very important. Meanwhile, physical activity is seen as very important by all age groups, representing slight but consistent increases in recent years. And people with a college education and beyond were more likely to say diet and nutrition are very important than people with a high school degree or less.”

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/128605.php

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