Food Consumption Patterns of Balearic Islands’ Adolescents Depending on Their Origin
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- Llull, R., Bibiloni, M., Pons, A. et al. J Immigrant Minority Health (2015) 17: 358. doi:10.1007/s10903-014-0071-2
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Over the last decade, the immigrant population of the Balearic Islands archipelago (Spain), in the Mediterranean, has risen to 22 % of its total population. The aim of this study was to assess food consumption patterns among Balearic Islands’ adolescents depending on their origin. A population-based cross-sectional nutritional survey was carried out in the Balearic Islands (2007–2008; n = 1,231; 12–17 years old). Dietary assessment was based on a 145-item semi-quantitative food-frequency questionnaire. Food consumption differences between the adolescents’ point of origin and time of arrival were been studied, as well as average daily meals and snacks. The adolescents’ origin and number of years living in the Balearic Islands were also assessed. Native adolescents and immigrants from other Mediterranean countries showed healthier food consumption patterns than their peers from non-Mediterranean countries. Immigrant adolescents adapted their eating patterns to native dietary patterns increasingly, the longer they lived in the Balearic Islands.