Published On: Tue, Apr 14th, 2015

One in three high school students is overweight

UoC_researchWILLEMSTAD - Almost one in three high school students are overweight. This was demonstrated by a research from the University of Curaçao (UoC) to weight and eating problems among youth in Curaçao. 418 sixteen year old students participated in this research.

“In the research, we looked at three types of eating disorders: emotional eating problems (caused by fear, anger and sadness), externally oriented eating problems (due to visible food and / or smell) and line-oriented eating problems (excessive eating after a period of considerable diets),” said the UoC researchers.

Most young people who are overweight eat out of boredom, loneliness and restlessness. External stimuli were found for both girls and boys as the most common cause of an eating disorder.

Girls are more likely to suffer from eating disorders. One in ten boys and nearly one in five girls fell into the category of underweight. The respondent group consisted of 28.9 percent of boys and 71.1 percent of girls.

In addition, the role of the mother also appears to be a decisive factor. Children of housewives generally have less eating problems than children of working mothers. “In other words, housewives provide generally for more structure in the eating habits of their children,” said the UoC researchers.

It can be concluded, according to the UoC, that more awareness should be created about nutrition among students and parents. Also, according to the research, a cafeteria policy should be implemented in schools to encourage healthy eating.

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