Effects of Childhood Nutrition Education from School and Family on Eating Habits of Japanese Adults

Nutrients. 2022 Jun 17;14(12):2517. doi: 10.3390/nu14122517.


Since the Basic Law of Shokuiku (nutrition education) was established in 2005, the Japanese government has been promoting nutrition education among children to encourage better eating habits. This study analyzes the 2019 survey data on people's attitudes towards nutrition education, in order to elucidate the relationship between the results of nutrition education, attitude towards nutrition education and proper eating habits, and the experience of nutrition education. The results reveal that people who received nutrition education at elementary school and middle school tend to have a more positive attitude towards nutrition education. In addition, family conversation on foods during elementary school years has a positive effect on nutritionally balanced eating behavior.

Keywords: Japan; eating habits; family intervention; nutrition education.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Food
  • Health Education*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Japan
  • Schools

Grant support

This research received no external funding.