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RESEARCH PAPER
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 44-51

Study on fast food preference and nutritional status assessment in the youth of Hyderabad


1 M.Sc. Nutrition and Dietetics, Anwarul Uloom College, New Mallepally, Hyderabad 500001, India
2 Assistant Professor, Department of Food and Nutrition, Anwarul Uloom College, New Mallepally, Hyderabad 500001, India

Correspondence Address:
Hanifa Mohammad Anwar
Assistant Professor, Department of Food and Nutrition, Anwarul Uloom College, New Mallepally, Hyderabad 500001
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


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Fast food refers to foods containing high amount of fat, sugar and salt but low in nutrients like protein, vitamins, and minerals. Adolescence is a time when rate of physical growth rapidly increases. Poor nutrition during this stage has adverse effect on cognitive development, resulting in decreased learning capacity. The harmful effect of fast food includes increased cholesterol level, cardiac problem, hypertension, obesity, diabetes and dental carries. The aim of this study was to know the preference of fast foods among adolescents in relation to their ill effects. The study was conducted among students of schools and colleges (n = 100) in Hyderabad city, between the age of 13-18 yrs. The information was collected using a questionnaire. The data collected shows that about 96% of adolescents consume fast food. The appeal for consuming was its taste. Most adolescents consume fast food during evening time, usually replacing a meal and consume it in company of their peers. Influence of advertisement and frequency of consuming fast foods was found to be more among females (n = 40%, 22%) rather than males (n = 19%, 3%) respectively. There is need for every individual in the society to be educated about such foods and their impact on a child’s health


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