Well-informed people stick to healthier eating patterns

The more people are informed by newspapers, television and the Internet, the more they stick to the Mediterranean diet, which is the healthiest eating pattern in the world, a new study has found.

The study conducted by the Research Laboratories at the Fondazione di Ricerca e Cura `Giovanni Paolo II` in Campobasso which analysed data from a sample of more than 1,000 people from the largest Moli-sani Project, the epidemiological study that recruited 25,000 subjects in Molise, a southern region of Italy.

So far scientists analysed just the effects of television viewing on health, coming to negative conclusions.

`Scientific literature has mainly focused on television viewing, considered a risk factor for health mainly because it represents a measure of physical inactivity,` Marialaura Bonaccio, first author of the study, said.

`Basically, watching TV is often linked to physical inactivity and snacking, with negative effects on obesity, a major cardiovascular risk factor. In our study we paid attention to the capacity of people to get informed by using mass media, including the Internet and newspapers or magazines. We sought to see whether most informed people had better eating habits than those less exposed to information,` Bonaccio said.

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Researchers from Campobasso conducted their study on more than 1,000 adult subjects randomly recruited from the general population. who participated to the epidemiological study Moli-sani.

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