Surveys of Food Deserts and Adherence to a Mediterranean Diet Among University Students.


  • Olga Cecilia RESTREPO YEPES
  • Gloria Liliana DUQUE CHICA
  • Japcy Margarita QUICENO SIERRA
  • Stefano VINACCIA
  • Rubën Darío PALACIO MESA


Palabras clave:

Right to food, food insecurity, food desert, Mediterranean diet, higher education institutions, university students


Objective: The objective of this study was to determine
and describe the presence of institutional food deserts based
on access to healthy food via a level of adherence to a
Mediterranean diet in higher education Metropolitan Area institutions in Valle de Aburrá, Colombia.
Materials and methods: The Food Deserts Survey -EDA and the Mediterranean Diet Adherence Test -KIDMED was administered to 419 university students.
Results and Discussion: Results evidenced that participants had an average adherence (58.5%) to a Mediterranean diet, indicating that university students need to improve their
dietary pattern to adapt it to a Mediterranean model.
Regarding the EDA, most reported that the food they consumed was nutritious (69.0%), fresh (77.3%) and healthy
(61.3%). They stated they usually ate breakfast (74.7%),
lunch (44.2%) and dinner (85.0%) at home during the week,
and usually bought and consumed food in supermarkets and
traditional stores (73.3%).
Conclusion: The study concluded that regardless of gender, participants need to improve their dietary pattern to adapt it to a Mediterranean model, which could indicate a hidden presence of food deserts.



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Cómo citar

RESTREPO YEPES, O. C., DUQUE CHICA, G. L., QUICENO SIERRA, J. M. ., VINACCIA, S., PALACIO MESA, R. D., & MOLINA SALDARRIAGA, C. A. (2022). Surveys of Food Deserts and Adherence to a Mediterranean Diet Among University Students. Nutrición Clínica Y Dietética Hospitalaria, 42(3).



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