Teacher lifestyles and the educational achievements of their parents influence the nutrition choices of Chinese youth, according to a study published in the European Journal of Public Health conducted in China on over 11,000 students in 48 schools.
The research highlights the growing awareness in China regarding weight and obesity prevention in the younger segments of the population. It also sheds light on the determining role of what school and family transmit in terms of healthy behaviour models.
From some 24,000 questionnaires filled out by children, families and docents all evidence indicated that good attitudes towards eating (regular consumption of vegetables and dairy products) were seen where teachers exercised regularly and didn’t smoke, and where parents had a higher level of education. The best results were found in inhabitants of rural areas of China, while those in cities should a tendency towards diets with excessive calorie intake.