Journal of Human Sport and Exercise

Motor and dietary education against obesity for students: Evidence from Italy

Luisa Varriale, Paola Briganti, Gloria Guillot, Antonio Ascione



This study aims to analyse and measure the effects of a specific pilot program on "Motor and Dietary Literacy" (MDL) implemented in Italian schools. An interview based survey was conducted on a sample of 85 students. The results support the hypothesis that proper education and training of students may have a positive impact on preventing physical inactivity and poor diet phenomena. MDL educating sparked a remarkable attitude of awareness and alert among students with respect to obesity. These results show that motor and dietary education can be a cornerstone to promote healthy life-styles.


Motor and dietary literacy; MDL; Educational development; School; Students; Obesity


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