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Perspectives on Modes of Eating and Its Impact on Health in a Methodological Comparison

1Faculty of Health Sciences, Federal University of Grande Dourados, Dourados, BrazilRodovia Dourados-Itahum, km 12 – Unidade II, Dourados, MS, 79.804-970, Brazil


Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. 2021, Vol. 9 No. 7, 367-374
DOI: 10.12691/jfnr-9-7-7
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Bruna Menegassi, Camila Carla Souza do Prado, Mikelly Cristina do Amaral Alves, Virtude Lifante Carvalho dos Santos. Perspectives on Modes of Eating and Its Impact on Health in a Methodological Comparison. Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. 2021; 9(7):367-374. doi: 10.12691/jfnr-9-7-7.

Correspondence to: Bruna  Menegassi, Faculty of Health Sciences, Federal University of Grande Dourados, Dourados, BrazilRodovia Dourados-Itahum, km 12 – Unidade II, Dourados, MS, 79.804-970, Brazil. Email: brunamenegassi.nut@gmail.com

Abstract

This study analysed the meaning of what the act of eating is, and which modes of eating are seen as positive or negative for health, among a sample of Brazilian adults. The data were collected using an online questionnaire (OQ) (n = 25) and face-to-face interview (FI) (n = 10) and compared. The data were analysed using the exploratory content analysis. The results obtained from the analysis of the participant responses through OQ and FI were comparable. For the participants, the act of eating was, primarily, a basic need; the most evident positive and negative modes of eating were eating healthily and eating unhealthily, respectively. The findings suggest that the sample population responses to the act of eating and modes of eating may be in line with the Dietary Guidelines for the Brazilian Population. Our results are relevant to the international community since several countries are updating their food guidelines based on the Brazilian guideline.

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