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A comparison of the dietary pattern of adolescent schoolgirls in two defined urban and rural settings

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V. Kumarapeli ,

University of Colombo, LK
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Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
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T. Athauda

University of Colombo, LK
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Department of Community, Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
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Abstract

Objectives: To compare the dietary pattern and some related factors among adolescent schoolgirls in two defined urban and rural settings.

 

Methodology: A cross-sectional comparative study was carried out among adolescent schoolgirls in year eleven classes, attending selected Grade LAB schools in two defined urban and rural settings. A self administered questionnaire which included a food frequency questionnaire was used to assess 1he food habits and some relevant fac1ors such as independence of dietary habits, awareness on body size (body image). dieting and exercise, food preferences, cultural· beliefs and attitudes (food taboos).

 

Results: Consumption of meat products, eggs, fish, vegetables, soft drinks, milk products and sweets was higher among urban adolescent girls. Dried fish and dark green leaves was consumed more by rural adolescent girls and the consumption of fruits showed a mixed pattern. The study showed that the food habits of the subjects are less independent even in the urban setting. Although the concept of body image was a concern to some extent, especially among urban adolescent girls, it was not so prevalent as in industrialized countries.
How to Cite: Kumarapeli, V. and Athauda, T., 2004. A comparison of the dietary pattern of adolescent schoolgirls in two defined urban and rural settings. Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka, 9(1), pp.13–18. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jccpsl.v9i1.8275
Published on 26 Dec 2004.
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