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THREE out of every ten young people (27.2 percent) between 15 and 29 years old admit to having dieted at one time or another.
Some 14.7 percent did it for aesthetic reasons, 4.6 percent for health reasons and 7.9 percent for both reasons.
Also, the majority of these had dieted without any medical supervision, mainly women of 20 to 24 years old and those who were underweight.
These were some of the findings of the Social Reality Analysis of Balearic Youth in 2005 which were highlighted yesterday at the launch of the programme “Healthy Eating”. It was explained that this programme was formulated with the aim of educating Balearic pupils of between 8 and 12 years of age in the habits, attitudes and behaviour which will help them to achieve a balanced diet, thus avoiding diet-related disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.