Subscribe Now Subscribe Today
Science Alert
 
FOLLOW US:     Facebook     Twitter
Blue
   
Curve Top
Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
  Year: 2007 | Volume: 6 | Issue: 6 | Page No.: 641-646
DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2007.641.646
Nutritional Status and Energy Intake of Adolescents in Umuahia Urban, Nigeria
Ukegbu Patricia Ogechi, Onimawo Ignatius Akhakhia and Ukegbu Andrew Ugwunna

Abstract:
The purpose of this study was to provide information on anthropometry, body composition and energy intake of adolescents South Eastern Nigeria. The participants were 190 apparently healthy adolescent boys and girls aged 15-18 years with equal sex distribution. Participants were subjected to anthropometric measurements viz: height, weight, arm circumference and skinfold thickness. Energy intake was determined from individual weighed inventory for three consecutive days including a week-end day; part of the food sample was subjected to chemical analysis. According to the results, all measurements except BMI and arm circumference had significant differences (p<0.05). Approximately 50% girls and well over 70% boys failed to meet the recommended weight and height standards. Over 20% of the adolescents were thin (BMI<18.5kg/m2). The prevalence of overweight indicated that about 4% of boys and 2% of girls were at risk of becoming overweight. Similarly the prevalence of stunting was found to be 67.3% and 57.8% for boys and girls, respectively. In addition, body fat percent was significantly higher in girls (p<0.05). The mean intakes for fat, carbohydrate and energy was significantly higher in males compared to females (p<0.05). This research provides information concerning anthropometry, body composition and energy intake of adolescents, South East Nigeria. The result shows that there was under nutrition among the adolescents though the extent was higher among adolescent boys than girls, body composition of the adolescents was equally low. Also protein intake was grossly inadequate in both sexes. Therefore there is a need for improvement in the nutritional status among these adolescents.
PDF Citation Report Citation
 RELATED ARTICLES:
  •    Anthropometric Indices as Determinants of Health Status among Primary School Children in the Delta South-Senatorial District, Delta State, Nigeria
  •    Dietary Intake, Anthropometry and Nutritional Status of Adolescents in Nigeria: A Review
  •    Anthropometry and Dietary Assessment of Males and Females Students at Mu'tah University
How to cite this article:

Ukegbu Patricia Ogechi, Onimawo Ignatius Akhakhia and Ukegbu Andrew Ugwunna, 2007. Nutritional Status and Energy Intake of Adolescents in Umuahia Urban, Nigeria. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 6: 641-646.

DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2007.641.646

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=pjn.2007.641.646

 
COMMENT ON THIS PAPER
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

       

       

Curve Bottom