PSYCHO-SOCIO DETERMINANTS OF UNDERGRADUATES DIETARY HABITS AT BABCOCK UNIVERSITY

PSYCHO-SOCIO DETERMINANTS OF UNDERGRADUATES DIETARY HABITS AT BABCOCK UNIVERSITY

Author by Dr. Jonathan M. Dangana

Journal/Publisher: European Journal Of Food Science And Technology

Volume/Edition: 55

Language: English

Pages: 1 - 11

Abstract

This research work was carried out among undergraduates in a higher
institution in Ogun State, Nigeria. It assessed the psychosocial determinants of
undergraduates' dietary habits in a private university in Ogun State, Nigeria. The study is
descriptive in nature and involved 380 participants. Data were collected with the use of pretested
questionnaire and analysed using simple percentage and chi-square statistical tools. The
result revealed no statistically significant association between participants' age and dietary
practice (? = 8.111; p=0.425). Also, it was revealed that a statistically significant association
was found between participants' gender (? = 10.135, p =.038), participants' self-esteem (? =
29.237, p =.004) and dietary practice. It was concluded that failure to consume an adequate
diet at adolescence time can result in delayed sexual maturation and can arrest or slow linear
growth. Nutrition is also important during this time to help prevent adult diet-related chronic
diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. It was recommended that
the University meal option should be done in a way that you can use a single meal ticket to
either eat breakfast, lunch or supper and location for taking meal should be increased so as to
strengthen breakfast and lunch programmes.

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