Development and evaluation of the food education support system for the purpose of improving the awareness of eating habits in Japan and China.
Friday, June 29 10:45 AM-11:05 AM
In Japan, children's food education has been emphasized by the Basic Act on Food Education (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology 2005); thereby educators are now actively promoting food education. However, there are many countries that suffer from obesity, and the need to improve dietary habits is increasing worldwide (Marie Ng et al. 2014). Therefore, we have developed the food education support system, which is aimed to improve awareness of eating habits. This food education support system offers food education classes to Japanese and Chinese (Xinjiang) families wherein their nutrient intake is compared with the dietary intake standard of Japan. Specifically, we asked subjects in both countries to enter their personal breakfast information using this system. This system presented a method of appropriate nutrient intake and specific meal nutrition based on the entered information. As a result, subjects of both countries showed an increase of conversations with parents and children about eating habits, and they have increased interest in their own individual eating habits. Therefore, there was an overall increased awareness of eating habits.