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Table 1 Focus group guide

From: Adolescents’ perception of dietary behaviour in a public school in Chile: a focus groups study

Conceptualizing diet

What is a healthy diet? Are your eating habits healthy?

On a scale of 1 to 7 (with 7 being the highest), what score would you give your diet?

What foods do you consider to be healthy? Unhealthy? Why?

Do you know what the dietary guidelines are? What are they?

Food intake

Tells us about your preferences and frequency of eating the following foods: dairy, fruits, vegetables, fish or seafood, bread, sugar-sweetened beverages (juice, soda, others).

How many glasses of water do you drink per day (in number)? How many times per week?

How many meals do you eat at school (in number)?


Do you like to cook? Do you know how to cook? Do you help prepare the meals in your house?

Eating habits

Do you eat breakfast every day? What do you eat?

Do you eat lunch every day? At a set time? Is your lunch healthy?

Do you eat at tea time? Do you eat dinner every day? What do you eat? Do you eat with other members of your family?

Does your diet change on the weekend? Why? Why not?

How do your friendships influence your diet?

Barriers to healthy eating

What are the primary difficulties for having a healthy diet?

Do you have money to buy foods? Which type of foods?

Do you think that advertisement influences what foods you buy?

What drives your decision making when choosing what foods to eat? What is the main barrier to eating a healthy breakfast?


What type of technology do you most use?

What social networks do you use most?

How could technology be used to teach about eating and nutrition at school?