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Nutrition; nutritional habit: skin problem; student
Objective: To investigate the nutritional habits of the 14-25 years old people with skin problems.
Design: We performed a cross-sectional study with random sampling of participants. Skin problems was
questioned with questionnaire form. Last three days food consumption was recorded and food consumption
frequencies were questioned. Also anthropometric measurements were taken. Setting: A state university and
two high school in Samsun, Turkey. Subjects: Students (n =400 ) aged between 14-25 years. Results: Among
students, 251 were women and 149 men. 219 of them have skin problems and 181 didn’t have any skin
problems. Mean BMI (body mass index) of students was 20.95±2.67 kg/ in women and 22.65±3.17 kg/ in
men. Mean body mass index in students with skin problem (SP) was 21.55 ± 2.91 kg/m2 and without SP was
21.61±3.07 kg/. Among students who have SP problems (n = 219), acne (35.2%) was the first skin problem.
Gender, sleep duration, physical activity, frequency of eating out, consumption of tea with food, french fries
consumption, daily water intake amount had a significant difference on skin problems (p<0.05). More skin
problems were found in individuals eating patisseries (p<0.05). Those who not have skin problems were
found to consume more milk, yogurt, buttermilk and mineral water (p<0.05). Conclusions: In this study, it was
showed that skin problems could be affected by environmental and personal properties. In order to establish a
relationship between these problems and nutrition these properties should be examined. There is not enough
research on this subject and another randomized controlled trials are needed to determine the relationship.
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