Health Tips from UNAIR Nutrition Lecturer

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UNAIR NEWS – Universitas Airlangga Women’s Dormitory (UNAIR) just held a healthy food discussion entitled Good Diet Choices are The Best Investment on Friday, March 22, 2019, at Astri Hall UNAIR, Campus C. The speaker was Stefani Widya Setyaningtyas, S.Gz., MPH, a Nutrition Science Lecturer.

Stefani said adolescents experienced inconsistent changes in diet. They apply a dietary pattern which is based on the level of independence, new environmental adaptations, limited food choices, time availability, finance, and new social networks.

While the factors that influence diet are feeling of fullness and delicious, external (friends and media), as well as economic and health conditions. Health factors in this case are very rare. Even if it is known, women have a desire to live healthier than men.

In addition to the perception of body image, nutritional status in adolescents greatly influences degenerative diseases of aging men such as diabetes, cholesterol and coronary heart disease.

“So, since we were young, we should maintain our ideal weight as much as possible,” she said.

There are various kinds of diets that Stefani presented, for example kategonic dietflexitarian diet, Mediterranean diet , DASH diet , intermitter diet. All types of diets certainly have advantages and disadvantages.

For example, when applying a categonic diet for a long time. This type of diet can reduce muscle mass and vitamin C deficiency and minerals that make the face look tired. In choosing the type of diet, it depends on the condition of the calories each person needs. If someone wants to do a light diet, you should not follow the flexitarian diet.

“When you are on a diet, you should be accompanied by experts,” she added.

Stefani continued, body weight is an accumulation of all energy in the body. Energy enters through food and exits through physical activity.

If the consumed food is more than the physical activity we did, it would have an impact on the body weight. However, if physical activity did more, the body would also be slim.

“So to follow a diet there are only 2 choices, between reducing consumption or increasing physical activity. Diets must be done consistently. It will be useless if the diet is not followed consistently, ” she added. (*)

Author: Mu’ammarin Rosikhuna Ilma

Editor: Khefti Al Mawalia


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