People are eating more healthy vegetables and nuts than they used to, but are also consuming more red meat, soda and salt. Diets aren’t much healthier today than they were 30 years ago, according to new research.
Scientists at Tufts University in Massachusetts said their findings could help governments better understand how eating habits are changing and help them set goals and invest in strategies that encourage people to consume healthier foods.
The researchers rated different diets on a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 representing a diet consisting only of junk food and 100 representing a perfectly healthy diet. The average score in 2018 was 40.3, a modest increase of 1.5 from 1990.
Healthy options became more popular in the US, China, Vietnam, and Iran during this period, while people’s diets in Tanzania, Nigeria, and Japan became less healthy.
Overall, people in the Americas and the Caribbean ate the least healthy diets, while people in South Asia ate the healthiest.
The US, Brazil, Mexico and Egypt were the unhealthiest, while India, Vietnam, Iran and Indonesia had some of the best eating habits.
Just 1 percent of the world’s population lives in just 10 countries with scores over 50.
Women ate more often than men, and older people ate healthier foods than young people. It has also been found that better educated adults and children with better educated parents eat healthier foods than their less advantaged peers.
Young children had some of the best diets, which got worse as they got older, the team found. This suggests that early childhood is the best time to instill healthy habits in children that they will maintain throughout life.
For the study in the journal health foodThe team examined nutritional data from more than 1,100 Global Dietary Database surveys conducted in 185 countries.
“We found that both too little healthy food and too much unhealthy food contribute to global challenges in achieving recommended dietary quality,” said study author Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian of Tufts University.
“This suggests that policies that provide incentives and rewards for healthier food, such as health care, employer wellness programs, government nutrition programs, and agricultural policies, have a significant impact on improving nutrition in the United States and around the world.” world.”
Poor diet is the leading cause of disease worldwide, accounting for just over a quarter (26 percent) of early deaths. Little is known about how people’s diets vary by age, gender, education or proximity to urban areas.
The team now wants to study how different aspects of poor nutrition contribute to disease outbreaks around the world. They also want to model the impact of different strategies aimed at improving nutrition both in the US and around the world.
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