Dietary habits among persons hired on shift work
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Pope John Paul II State School of Higher Education in Biała Podlaska, Institute of Public Health, Poland
Department for Health Problems of Ageing, Institute of Rural Health in Lublin, Poland
Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland
College of Public Health, Zielona Góra, Poland
Ann Agric Environ Med 2014;21(1):128–131
Shift-work determinates irregular nutrition habits. The quality as well as the quantity of meals consumed by shift-workers can significantly affects their health.

The aim of this study was to evaluate the dietary habits of people performing shift work in the Bogdanka mine.

Material and Methods:
The study was carried out in the Bogdanka mine in Leczna. The questionnaire, which was designed by the author of this dissertation, was conducted among 700 shift-workers, working underground. The results were subjected to statistical analysis based on STATISTICA v. 7.1 (StatSoft, Poland) software.

Nearly half of respondents reported regular consumption of meals (40.0%) Interviewees admitted having warm meals during the day (81.4%). The most frequently consumed meal during the day was the hot one (50.9%), three meals and more were consumed the least frequently (8.1%). Almost half of respondents considered their eating habits as inappropriate (46.3%). Among those, nearly half (68.2%) stated that shift – work is the reason for their nutrition habits. More than half of respondents (66.0%) admitted that shift work hampers regular consumption of meals.

Shift work makes nourishment and regular consumption difficult. It contributes to the limited amount of warm meals eaten during the day. In order to maintain preventive health care and the improvement of quality of life, shift workers should be provided with an easier access to meals (including warm one) at specified times of the day.