International Journal of Medical and Health Research

International Journal of Medical and Health Research


International Journal of Medical and Health Research
International Journal of Medical and Health Research
Vol. 6, Issue 3 (2020)

Assessment of food preference and anthropometric indices of adolescent in Port Harcourt city, Nigeria


Wordu GO, Wejinya S

The prevalence of overweight in Nigeria is on the rise. Adolescents are prone to overweight while transiting to adulthood. The study investigated the dietary patterns and prevalence of overweight among adolescents in Port Harcourt. A multi-stage sampling procedure was adopted in selection of 100 adolescents from randomly selected secondary school in Port Harcourt. Data were collected with a structured questionnaire which elicited information on the socio-demographic and dietary pattern. Height and weight were measured and used to drive indices (body mass index). Data collected were analyzed using the computer software package. The respondents were aged 10-19 years and had high (84%) snacks and high cabric dense foods like rice (34.52%). Many (61.76%) of the respondents eat breakfast meals and about (6.67%) eat once a day. Up to 17.06 of the respondents were overweight. In conclusion, respondents’ high intake of high calorie foods led to high prevalence of overweight among them. Schools should initiate health and nutrition education programmes to help students appreciate the importance of healthy dietary pattern and adverse good health and normal body mass index.
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Wordu GO, Wejinya S. Assessment of food preference and anthropometric indices of adolescent in Port Harcourt city, Nigeria. International Journal of Medical and Health Research, Volume 6, Issue 3, 2020, Pages 68-71
International Journal of Medical and Health Research