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Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
  Year: 2009 | Volume: 8 | Issue: 8 | Page No.: 1304-1308
DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2009.1304.1308
 
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Assessment of Nutritional Status of Adolescents Versus Eating Practices in Islamabad City
Hajra Ahmad, Perveen Liaqat, P.I. Paracha, Abdul Qayyum and M. Arshad Uppal

Abstract:
The study was focused on adolescents’ (n = 654) age 14-16 years studying in class 9th and 10th in Federal government schools. Anthropometric data and eating practices of adolescents were collected with the help of a pretested questionnaire and food intake diary. Selected anthropometric measurements were taken using standard techniques. Their Body Mass Index (BMI) for age was calculated and compared with WHO (2007) standards. The results revealed that three main meals were taken by the adolescents per day. The 79.51% took breakfast regularly all days of the week which had an excellent bearing on their nutritional status (p = 0.006). The 82.8% took lunch regularly in all days of the week and enjoyed better Nutritional Status (p = 0.033). Dinner was the main meal of the day and 83.8% (n = 654) dined regularly. Consumption of foods from different food groups varied. Junk foods consumption was quite high, as 95.4% consumed these regularly. Fizzy drinks were taken by 86.9% by the children of educated mothers and from higher Socio Economics Status consumed more (p<0.050). Majority i.e. 66.2% of adolescents was normally nourished and 14.1% were obese or overweight. Stunting was 12.2% and male adolescents were affected more (p = 0.053). The nutritional status and eating practices of majority of the adolescence in the urban capital are found satisfactory in terms of meal pattern. However inclination towards consumption of fast and junk foods, fizzy drinks is alarming for the future researchers.
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Hajra Ahmad, Perveen Liaqat, P.I. Paracha, Abdul Qayyum and M. Arshad Uppal, 2009. Assessment of Nutritional Status of Adolescents Versus Eating Practices in Islamabad City. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 8: 1304-1308.

DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2009.1304.1308

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=pjn.2009.1304.1308

 
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