PROTEIN SUPPLEMENT USE AMONG NETSURFERS VISITING HEALTH AND FITNESS COMMUNITY: FINDINGS FROM ANINTERNET-BASED SURVEY

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Abstract

Introduction It is largely known that protein supplement (PS) use is a widespread and accepted practice by athletes and people whoattend commercial gyms (Bianco et al., 2011). However, only few studies have been carried out in order to investigate supplement useand lifestyle in netsurfers of health and fitness community. For this reason the purpose of this preliminary study was to investigate the useof PS, age and lifestyle of people who visited a specific Italian sporting website: www.fitnessa360.com. Methods 273 subjects netsurfingin the www.fitnessa360.com completed the 6-item online-questionnaire about age, gender, daily cigarette consumption, protein supplementuse, information source about use of PS and sitting time per day. All data were analyzed by a preliminary descriptive statisticalanalysis. Results The survey showed that subjects, of which 170 males and 103 females, declared an age of 15-20 years (11%), 21-30 years(8%), 31-40 years (72%), 41-50 years (4%), 51-60 years (3%), 61-70 years (0%), 71-80 years (0%), 81-90 years (2%). When examining the dailycigarette consumption, we found that the majority of the subjects claimed not to smoke (66.0%) and to take SP (62%). Moreover, 60% ofparticipants did not specify the information source about use of SP. Only 37% of sample declared to use SP. Moreover, examined datashowed that 15%, 40%, 30%, 12% and 2% of subjects spent sitting time per day 1-3 h, 3-5 h, 5-8, 8-10, >10 h respectively. Discussion Thispreliminary analysis showed that netsurfers of the used health and fitness Italian community mainly appear to be office workers withhealthy lifestyle. Indeed in agreement with Nagaya et al. (2007), that showed a coexistence between smoking and sedentary lifestyle, wefound that the majority of participants (66%) did not to smoke. Moreover, protein supplementation does not appear to interest thenetsurfers of the used sporting website heavily. An online survey can be a low-cost, efficient, and confidential modality to investigate thenetsurfers’ lifestyle of sporting websites. However only by a dissemination strategy of this questionnaire from other Italian sporting websiteswe could investigate the lifestyle of their netsurfers. References: Bianco A, Mammina C, Paoli A, Bellafiore M, Battaglia G,Caramazza G, Palma A, Jemni M. (2011). J Int Soc Sports Nutr, 8(1), 25. Nagaya T, Yoshida H, Takahashi H, Kawai M. (2007). Nicotine TobRes, 9(10), 1027-32
Lingua originaleEnglish
Pagine372-372
Numero di pagine1
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2012

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