Romanian Population Perception about Food Risk Behavior Starting from their Social and Cultural Profile

Mihai GEORGESCU, Monica TARCEA, Roxana HADMAȘ, Gabriela SENI, Claudiu TEODORESCU, Simona SZAZS, Raquel GUINE, Zoltan ABRAM

Abstract


Our goal was to assess the Romanian’s food behavior according to their socio-cultural profile, in order to identify food behavior at risk and implement educational prevention methods. We performed a study based on the assessment of lifestyle and social aspects, based on an international project validated questionnaire of 26 questions, applied online in 2018 to a group of 821 adults, in Romania. The results underlined that socio-economic status was a contributing factor in food choices, people with low socio-economic status opted for low-price food, especially the elderly (40%). Regarding the preference for eating alone related to gender, both the female respondents (37.8%) and the males (50.6%) mostly disagreed, with statistical significance for males (p<0.022), also males were more influenced about what other people are eating (p<0.045). It is needed to implement new educational strategies, both in schools and adults communities, in order to reduce the risks for future chronic diseases.

Keywords


food intake; socio-economic status; food price; health.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15835/buasvmcn-fst:2019.0039

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