Cultural Differences in Diet and Determinants of Diet Quality in Switzerland: Results from the National Nutrition Survey menuCH

Pestoni, Giulia; Krieger, Jean-Philippe; Sych, Janice Marie; Fäh, David; Rohrmann, Sabine (2019). Cultural Differences in Diet and Determinants of Diet Quality in Switzerland: Results from the National Nutrition Survey menuCH Nutrients, 11(1), pp. 1-15. Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI) 10.3390/nu11010126

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Sociodemographic differences in dietary consumption were observed in different populations. The current study aimed to identify sociodemographic and lifestyle determinants of diet quality and to investigate the differences in diet quality between the three main language regions of Switzerland. Using data of the Swiss National Nutrition Survey menuCH (n = 2057), two diet quality scores—Alternate Healthy Eating Index and Mediterranean Diet Score—were computed. Linear regression models were used to investigate the determinants of diet quality and chi-square tests were used to test for differences in single score components between language regions. Significantly higher diet quality scores were observed for individuals who were female, older, normal weight, non-Swiss, with tertiary education or moderate-to-high physical activity level. Additionally, residents of the French- and Italian-speaking parts of Switzerland scored higher than residents of the German-speaking region. More specifically, the higher diet quality observed in the French- and Italian-speaking regions was mediated by higher scores in the components of alcohol, dairy products, fat, fish, sugar-sweetened beverages and whole grains. The present results may help to better characterize population groups requiring specific dietary recommendations, enabling public health authorities to develop targeted interventions. Keywords: dietary patterns; diet quality scores; 24h dietary recall; language regions

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

Health Professions
Health Professions > Nutrition and Dietetics

Name:

Pestoni, Giulia;
Krieger, Jean-Philippe;
Sych, Janice Marie;
Fäh, David and
Rohrmann, Sabine

Subjects:

R Medicine > R Medicine (General)

ISSN:

2072-6643

Publisher:

Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI)

Language:

English

Submitter:

David Fäh

Date Deposited:

15 Jan 2020 11:18

Last Modified:

15 Jan 2020 11:18

Publisher DOI:

10.3390/nu11010126

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.10070

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/10070

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