Inadequacies of micronutrient intake in normal weight and overweight young adults aged 18-25 years: a cross-sectional study

Farhat, Grace and Lees, Emma K and Macdonald-Clarke, CJ and Amirabdollahian, F. (2019) Inadequacies of micronutrient intake in normal weight and overweight young adults aged 18-25 years: a cross-sectional study. Public Health, 167. pp. 70-77. ISSN 0033-3506

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Objectives: This study aims to assess adequacy in micronutrient intake in comparison with reference nutrient intakes (RNI) and to identify differences in intakes between normal weight and overweight individuals. Study design: A sample of 542 university students (18e25 years), normal weight (N ¼ 369) and overweight (N ¼ 173), was included in a cross-sectional study. Methods: A three-day diet diary was used to assess energy and nutrient intake. BMI and waist circumference were measured. Results: Mean dietary vitamin D intake was lower than RNI in both men (4.44 mg) and women (5.04 mg). Mean intakes of calcium (597.44 mg), iron (8.62 mg) and folate (171.29 mg) were also lower than recommendations in women. Weight status (normal weight versus overweight) was significantly associated with micronutrient intake, and a trend towards a decrease in vitamin and mineral intake with increasing weight was noted. Conclusions: Results suggest the need to increase the intake of some micronutrients to meet the RNI, to ensure optimal health. This study provides a helpful tool to reinforce recommendations and potential health promotion and intervention strategies in university settings and could influence manufacturers involved in new food product development targeted to this young population.

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Additional Information and Comments: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Public Health. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently be published in Public Health, Volume 167, February 2019, available at
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Grace Farhat
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2018 09:56
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2019 13:25

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