Young women need more encouragement to eat healthy
Efforts to help prevent the onset of chronic illnesses in young women are not as effective as health advocates had hoped they'd be, according to new research.
Evidence has shown that young women—especially those who plan on having children—need to adopt healthy eating habits early on in order to prevent themselves and their children from developing chronic conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease.
The researchers, from the University of Southhampton in the U.K., concluded that simply encouraging young woman to eat better diets was not all that effective, and they also doubted the value of such approaches as taxes on products such as soda. Instead, they contended that a better tactic would be to empower women to make their own decisions about their eating habits by increasing access to fruits and vegetables, advertising healthy eating media campaigns and facilitating their abilities to cook healthy meals.
The study’s findings, published in the journal Nature, suggest that a lot of industrialized countries need to revamp their current strategies when it comes to encouraging young women to eat healthy.