A cross-sectional study about the knowledge in nutrition and weight loss among fitness instructors in Milan (Italy)

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Abstract

The aim of this preliminary study was to evaluate nutritional knowledge of instructors working in Milan. Fitness trainers are a resource for the general public to obtain exercise information, exercise prescription and guidance. The demand for nutritional advice is strong and fitness instructors are well positioned to respond. A questionnaire containing closed- and open-ended questions was filled by 43 instructors working in the 18 participating centres. 96% gave nutritional advice and 49% established diet plans. Rates of correct answers were: 63% for the “right or wrong” questions, 52% for the closed-ended questions, 33% for the multiple choice questions, 24% for the open-ended questions, 8% for the consumption recommendations. 58% of instructors self-rated their nutritional knowledge as insufficient. In several countries lack of formal training requirements for fitness personnel makes adequate counselling difficult.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication1st Symposium: Kinesiological Education – the Present and the Future
EditorsIvan Prskalo, Vatroslav Horvat, Marko Badrić
Pages190-198
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Fitness
  • Health Education
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity

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