Aim: This study is performed to determine the level of nutritional literacy among adolescents studying in high schools in Akçadağ, Malatya.
Method: In the study, a face-to-face questionnaire was performed on students by the voluntary basis from June 7th through 14th of 2018. Ethics committee approval and necessary permission from the relevant institution were obtained. The data were evaluated with SPSS22.0.
Results: 48.3% (142) of the students were male and 51.7% (152) were female. 13.9% of the students are underweight, 69.0% are normal weight, 8.8% are overweight and 8.2% are obese. Nutrition literacy scale median of total score was 66 (37-102). There were no statistically significant differences between the gender, body mass index, level of education of fathers, presence of disease, continuous use of medication, eating and skipping breakfast, and the nutrition literacy total score and subscale scores. As the age of the individuals increased, it has seen that the functional nutrition literacy subscale score was increased and critical nutritional literacy subscale score was decreased significantly. It was determined that the critical nutritional literacy subscale score and the total score of the students with mothers who are middle school education level were significantly lower than the other students.
Conclusion: In the adolescent period where the knowledge, behavior and skills are increased and improved, it is necessary to take necessary precautions, to make training and practices to create appropriate areas for the development of behavior in accordance with the nutrition education given and to ensure continuity about nutrition in schools.
Keywords: Nutritional Literacy, Adolescent, Obesity