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Revista chilena de nutrición

versión On-line ISSN 0717-7518


TRONCOSO P, Claudia; DOEPKING M, Carlos  y  ZUNIGA B, Carolina. Teaching healthy diet concepts during teacher training period. Rev. chil. nutr. [online]. 2013, vol.40, n.1, pp.43-47. ISSN 0717-7518.

Malnutrition by excess presented in the child-young population must be treated by a multidisciplinary team in which doctors, family and school, but specially teachers should play an essential role. Regarding this situation, student teachers need to acquire knowledge about healthy diet concepts during their training period in order to achieve this role. The aim of this research was to interpret the importance that students training to become teachers give to a healthy diet. For this purpose, a qualitative, phenomenological research was carried out with a sample consisting of 40 university students from different areas related to teaching. The data was collected using a semi-structured interview and the answers were analyzed with the content analysis methodology. The results showed that student teachers think it is necessary to have a healthy diet during their training period. However, this is not followed due to different circumstances. Student teachers who will work with elementary school children expressed that their study programs should include elective subjects related with healthy diet habits. This situation is not equally perceived by student teachers who will work with teenagers. They believe these contents are for self-care. It is concluded that student teachers who will work with teenagers do not perceive they play an education role concerning healthy diet habits. They do not consider the elective subjects related to healthy diet habits useful for preventing malnutrition by excess among children and teenagers.

Palabras clave : student teachers; teaching; malnutrition by excess; qualitative research.

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