Disparity between healthy eating and healthy living awareness and practice amongst university students on self-catering

Tee, Kai Shin (2009) Disparity between healthy eating and healthy living awareness and practice amongst university students on self-catering. Universiti Malaysia Sabah. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This study aimed to determine disparity between healthy eating and healthy living awareness and practice amongst university students on self-catering. A number of 95 Universiti Malaysia Sabah students with mean age of 23.02±O.99 years who were living off campus had participated in this study. Average of 7.52±1.44 persons were staying in each rented house. Students completed self-administered questionnaire on demographics, nutritional knowledge, Food Frequency Questionnaire, healthy living awareness and practice. Result shows that students comprised three school clusters namely health cluster (n= 29, 30.50%), science and technology cluster (n=45, 47.40%), arts and humanities cluster (n=21, 22.10%). Students were categorised to poor (n=16, 16.84%), satisfactory (n=37, 38.95%), good (n=39, 41.05%) and excellent (n=3, 3.16%) on nutritional knowledge. Percentage of recommended energy intake achieved by students with satisfactory nutritional knowledge was significantly higher than students with poor, good and excellent nutritional knowledge (p=O.029). Percentage of recommended nutrient intake (RNI) achieved for protein, calcium, iron, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, niacin, vitamin C and percentage of energy comprising of carbohydrate and fat intakes were not significantly different between different nutritional knowledge levels. Better nutritional knowledge does not lead to healthier eating practice. A number of 53 (55.79%) students had healthy living awareness while 44.21% of them did not and 48 (50.53%) students practised healthy living practice while 49.47% did not. Healthy living awareness was not significantly associated with healthy living practice (X2=3.042, p=0.081). Disparity did exist between healthy eating and healthy living awareness and practice amongst these students. Nutrition intervention in university students should be encouraged to promote healthier diets and lifestyles.

Item Type: Academic Exercise
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health, Healthy eating, Healthy living awareness, Students, Nutritional knowledge, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, UMS
Subjects: T Technology > TX Home economics > Nutrition. Foods and food supply
Divisions: SCHOOL > School of Food Science and Nutrition
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email storage.bpmlib@ums.edu.my
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2012 01:30
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 06:59
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/4353

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