YOUNG women beginning diets in the new year are not alone – more than two-thirds of women aged 18 to 24 are planning to eat their way to a healthier 2013.
A new survey by the Dietitians Association of Australia shows 68 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds have resolved to eat more healthily in 2013 and 43 per cent are hoping to lose weight.
The Dietitians Association of Australia is alarmed that a survey at the same time last year found a similar commitment to losing weight last year, and said it confirmed that many young women were struggling with nutrition and weight issues.
The survey ties in with Australia’s Health Weight Week campaign from January 20 to 27, which urges 14- to 25-year-old women to adopt healthy eating habits to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Bendigo-based dietician Kerin Barnard has worked for 15 years at Bendigo Health Community Dietician Service and now runs her own practice in Eaglehawk Road.
She said that because young women were more inclined to try fad diets rather than seek advice from nutritionists, they found it harder to maintain weight loss.
“Young woman are influenced by the media and magazines, and there’s also peer pressure within their friendship groups to diet,” she said.