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Memorias del Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Salud

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MORINIGO MARTINEZ, M  e  SAMUDIO, M. Stages of the behavioral model of life styles in adults proposed by food guides of Paraguay. Mem. Inst. Investig. Cienc. Salud [online]. 2015, vol.13, n.1, pp.41-48. ISSN 1812-9528.

The stages of the behavioral model describe the compliance or not of the recommendations for a healthy life. Due to this, a descriptive observational study was proposed to evaluate the stages of the behavioral model of the life styles proposed by the Food Guides of Paraguay in adults living in the Salvador del Mundo neighborhood of Asunción. The variables were the stage of changes, measured from Prochaska’s model, for salt consumption, alcohol intake, physical activity and food handling, three of them related to noncompliance and two to compliance of the recommendations. The 92.9% (91/98) of the adults did not comply with the recommendations of physical activity and 71.4% (70/98) with the recommendations of salt intake. The 46.9% (46/98) complied with the recommendation of alcohol intake although it was observed that 74.5% (73/98) consumed some. None of the survey respondents complied with the recommendations of food cleaning and handling. It is worrying the high percentage of adults that did not comply with the recommendations of physical activity, worsened by the non-intention of changing. Therefore, it can be concluded that the initial objective of the food guides of Paraguay to orientate population about the adequate life styles is not complied. Due to this, the revision of the implementation means or system should be encouraged to reach a larger sector of the population and thus, comply with the adoption of better life styles.

Palavras-chave : behavioral model, Food Guides of Paraguay; physical activity; sal intake; alcohol intake; hygiene; food handling.

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