THE IMPACT OF NUTRITION ON STUDENT PERFORMANCE AND HEALTH: WHY THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET?
Keywords:Food, students, Mediterranean diet, learning process, learning outcomes.
Malnutrition is associated with poor psycho-physical health, behavioral problems, and unsatisfactory learning outcomes. Numerous studies show that adhering to a healthy diet such as the Mediterranean Diet (MD) can have beneficial effects on students, increasing their academic performance, quality of life, and their health status. 200 students aged 10-15 years it turns out that a large proportion of students surveyed; despite the information they have about healthy foods, do not eat properly and have admitted that they have low concentration and lack of attention during the learning process. Based on this identified situation, it is necessary to orient students towards a correct lifestyle and mainly towards the Mediterranean diet as a healthy dietary model.