CONFIDENCE IN THE ABILITY TO COOK TEENAGERS PREDICTS THEIR FUTURE NUTRITIONAL WELL-BEING

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When we are children and adolescents, the desire to learn the joys of cooking through recipes or culinary experiments does not leave us unscathed. 

Even if the gastronomic joys of childhood do not transform us into all chefs, all teenagers who learn the basics of good and healthy cooking, in a playful and relaxed atmosphere, are marked for life by those moments shared with parents, family, grandparents or friends.

Whether it’s just for fun or to continue to reveal a real emerging vocation, the ability to cook is a major asset to live independently and make everyday life easier.

Feeding and learning to cook are essential daily steps. Eating only frozen dishes, or in fast food restaurants or being served as a king, the feet under the table are situations that do not last without hazards.

“Cooking is an activity that requires being as creative and imaginative as an activity such as drawing, wood carving or music.” Julia Child.

At an adolescent age it is not always easy to develop motivation and confidence in the ability to cook, but the consequences transform teenagers for life. Indeed, adults are not the only ones to ignite for learning cooking.

For a long time, and not only with the craze of cooking shows, Youtube channels and recipe blogs, teenagers from all over the world are passionate about cooking and want to harmonize their tastes with their personality.

This approach and this investment in the culinary world, without becoming a cook, has positive effects on health.

According to a study published March 7, 2018 in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior , confidence in the ability to cook has led to a decline in the number of fast meals, more family meals and more frequent meal preparation with meals. vegetables in adulthood.

TEEN CULINARY SKILLS STRONGLY PREDICT THEIR NUTRITIONAL WELL-BEING IN ADULTHOOD


The data from this study suggest that developing culinary skills and food preparation is important for health and nutrition, but the practice of home cooking is in decline and is now rarely taught at school.

This study reveals that developing cooking skills as a young adult can have long-term benefits for health and nutrition.

The impact of developing culinary skills early in life may be apparent later in adulthood when individuals have more opportunities and responsibilities for preparing meals.

The strength of this study is the large sample size based on the population followed over a 10-year period to explore the impact of perceived cooking skills on nutritional well-being in adulthood.

The data were collected as part of the EAT ( Project Eating and Activity in Teens and Young Adults ) longitudinal study conducted in schools in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area (United States). Participants indicated that cooking skills were adequate in 2002-2003 at the age of 18 to 23 years.

Data was then collected in 2015-16 on nutrition outcomes when participants were between 30 and 35 years of age. The questions assessed the perceived adequacy of culinary skills, the frequency with which they prepared a meal including vegetables, how often they ate meals with their families and how often they ate at a fast food restaurant .

Most participants felt that their cooking skills were adequate at the age of 18 to 23 years, and about a quarter of adults reported that their cooking skills were very adequate. There was no difference in cooking skills perceived by gender, race or ethnicity, level of education or age.

The perceived adequacy of cooking skills predicts multiple indicators of nutritional outcomes later in adulthood, including a greater likelihood of preparing a meal with vegetables most of the time and less frequent consumption in eating places fast.

If those who felt that their cooking skills were adequate had families, they ate more frequent family meals, fewer fast food meals, and fewer barriers to food preparation.

LONG-TERM BENEFITS FOR HEALTH AND FULFILLMENT


Opportunities to develop culinary skills in adolescents can result in long-term benefits for nutritional well-being.

Families, health and nutrition professionals, educators, community organizations and governments need to invest in home economics and culinary education, knowing that the benefits will only come when young adults will have more ‘autonomy. This long-term investment is also a lever for improving public health policies.

“Cooking requires a light head, a generous mind and a wide heart.” Paul Gauguin.

Cooking with your family is not just a chore. This important moment is engraved in us and allows children to acquire knowledge and culinary skills, to learn about the various forms of cooking, to develop their interest and curiosity about food and a healthy diet through discovery and experimentation.

This approach also requires parents and family to be willing to transmit and leave the opportunity for adolescents to do without being judged.

Every little effort must be valued by giving maximum chances to not frustrate or disgust the teenager, and a healthy diet is linked to the happiness of the children .

“Cooking is like love, you have to taste everything to recognize what’s good.” Lili Gulliver.

Finally, the art of cooking can also improve their self-esteem, their sense of competence and their autonomy, and share moments of quality fun with family or friends.

This learning to share tasks and pleasures of the mouth also leads adolescents to learn about their environment and to question their own future.

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