Lifestyle of Hungarian adolescents - Observations among metropolitan secondary school students

Szabolcs Péter, Andrea Regöly-Mérei, Lajos Biró, Katalin Nagy, Györgyi Arató, Csaba Szabó, Adrienne Vámos, Éva Martos, Magda Antal

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Background/Aims: Obesity among adolescents is a significant and global disease which requires early prevention. The development of overweight and obesity depends not only on genetic components but also on lifestyle. The objective of the survey was to study the lifestyle of 15- to 19-year-old secondary school students in Budapest. Methods: Students (n = 1,273, 670 boys, 603 girls) were asked to complete questionnaires about their leisure activities, physical exercise, eating habits and knowledge of nutrition. The response rate was 45.2%. Results: Three-quarters of the secondary school students lived a sedentary life and more than half were dissatisfied with their body weight. More than 40% of the girls had been on a slimming diet at least once. Half of the students regularly consumed vitamin and/or mineral supplements. Nearly 25% of the adolescents did not have breakfast and nearly 60% of the school-leavers smoked regularly. Conclusions: Coordinated cooperation is necessary among stakeholders to support the aim of changing nutritional and exercise behavior of adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-109
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Nutrition and Metabolism
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2008



  • Adolescent
  • Leisure-time
  • Lifestyle
  • Physical activity
  • Slimming diet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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