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Revista Costarricense de Salud Pública

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SEQUEIRA ARCE, Ma. Paola. Anthropometric assessment and nutrition education bus drivers overweight and obesity. Rev. costarric. salud pública [online]. 2012, vol.21, n.2, pp.70-75. ISSN 1409-1429.

Objective: To promote healthy eating habits in the bus drivers’ population with overweight and obesity in order to enhance their lifestyle. Methodology: This is a descriptive research divided into three stages: population selection, procedure and instrument validation, and participation in three educational sessions. At the beginning and at the end of the research a survey was applied, as well as an anthropometric and consumption frequency assessment. The study started with 119 participants but only 95 took part in the educative sessions. Participants work for the Guadalupe public transportation company. Results: The majority of the population was between 41 and 50 years of age. Most of them have completed elementary school but not high school. Hypertension and gastritis are the main medical conditions. Besides, they frequently consume fried instead of steamed food. They used to drink three glasses of water or less a day. After the educational sessions, they started consuming skim milk and yogurt, fish, fruits and vegetables. The most likely foods to be eaten were: banana, tomato, carrot, and cucumber. They consumed less chicken with skin, sausages, coffee cream, mayonnaise, pie, butter, artificial drinks and sodas. Discussion: Driving a bus is sedentary work. The schedules and roads are irregular. Therefore, the eating schedules may vary and usually the drivers consume fast food. Also, the physical activities are few or null.

Keywords : Eating Behaviors; Transportation; Food Consume.

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