Mediterranean Diet Adherence and Body Composition in University Students of Nutrition Degree: Pilot Study

María Martínez-Olcina1, Daniela Loaiza-Martínez, A.2, Manuel Vicente-Martínez3, María Hernández-García2 & Alejandro Martínez-Rodríguez4*

1University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain
2Catholic University San Antonio of Murcia, Murcia, Spain
3European University Miguel de Cervante, Spain
4Department of Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition and Food Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain

Dr. Alejandro Martínez-Rodríguez, Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture, Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria.

Keywords: Exercise; Mediterranean Diet; Young Adults; Fat Mass


Spanish university students showed an increment of body mass index in the last years. Healthy suggestions are based on Mediterranean diet could improve the body composition. The aim of this study is to study the relationship between adherence to the Mediterranean diet and specific variables of body composition in university students of Human Nutrition and Dietetics (HN and D).
Materials and Methods
Pilot study in which 20 HN and D degree students participated. Diet variables were studied, using PREDIMED and body composition, using anthropometry. Descriptive statistics and correlations were made.
The PREDIMED results were very homogeneous, all presenting an optimal adherence (10,24±1,01). In relation to body composition, the sample presented normal weight (23,54 ±2,78) and a percentage of body fat of 10,9±2,66 in men and 12,83±1,47 in women.

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