2016, VOL. 2 ISSUE 3, PART E
Today, adolescents are more independent and have their own food decisions and choices. Many adolescents experience a progressive development and this will gradually augment in frequent appetite. They also need healthy foods to meet their growth demands. Adolescents are prone to eat more meals away from home than their younger siblings. The choice and timing of the meal, will be purely based on their convenience. Maintaining good nutrition throughout a child's teenage years is fundamental for their health and wellbeing. To maintain healthy balance, adolescents, should practice eating regular meals, engage in doing compulsory daily physical activity, and eating a wide variety of foods.
Objective: The present study aims to find out the present dietary habits of adolescents and their socio-economic background in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, India.
Method: Three hundred adolescents in the age group of 13-15 years(middle adolescents) studying in the eighth and ninth classes of various schools in Thiruvananthapuram city of Kerala state were randomly selected using stratified random sampling method. A detailed and structured questionnaire, a food habit and three separate checklist for assessing the knowledge, attitude and practice on eating habits were used for the study.
Result and Discussion: The obtained data were statistically analysed using SPSS 16.0. From the study, it was found that the prevalence of under weight was found to be common among the adolescents irrespective of gender. The result also throws light on the emergency to address the health status of adolescents.