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ERIC Number: EJ794202
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1529-1944
Measuring Nutritional Intake of Adolescents in Ghana, West Africa
Owusu, Andrew; Murdock, Peggy O'Hara; Weatherby, Norman L.
International Electronic Journal of Health Education, v10 p104-113 2007
With 85% of the world's adolescent populations residing in developing countries, it is important to monitor and track their nutrition status and habits. The purpose of this study, conducted in Ghana, was to provide results from a nutrition intake and eating habits questionnaire which was modified from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Questions were tested for cultural appropriateness by Ghanaian Subject Matter Experts. The 26 item questionnaire (the GNRBS) was administered to 140 students in four senior secondary boarding schools in Ghana. Classes of students were randomly selected from the schools. The average age of the students was 16 years. Females and males were represented fairly equally (52% & 48%, respectively). The Ghanaian adolescents consumed an average 3 servings of fruit, 2 servings of vegetables, and 3.4 servings of milk each week. They also consumed candy and soda (snack consumption) 2.4 times per week and fried foods 4.8 times per week. This study also showed that nutritionally adequate foods were available in boarding school dining halls and Ghana's adolescents made food choices that may be detrimental to their health. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Ghana