EATING HABITS AMONG STUDENTS: A CASE STUDY OF STUDENTS IN TAYLOR’S COLLEGE
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Eating out is easily accessible as the economical hawker center, coffee shop, fast food restaurant, food court, restaurants and higher-ends restaurants are spread all over the Kuala Lumpur. Foods of all types and form are readily available at the doorsteps of its population. Such convenience, coupled with the abundance of variety, and reasonably price food has prompted a significant proportion of its population to eat out regularly. Convenience food where no preparation and cooking are needed is readily available and consumed by many as their mid-day meal. Other forms of food, such as instant noodles, that requires little cooking is also commonly consumed among the young people, especially college student. Depending on the type of work and…show more content… The youth with good nutrition can be healthy people by having balance food such as low fat and high calorie food. The energy needs of an individual depend on body size and composition, level of physical activities, environmental temperature, and genetic metabolic considerations. Dietary recommendation is difficult to set for adolescents because of the need allow for growth and development to progress at the same time. Daily energy requirement in youth age 15-19 years is 2200-3000 kcal. The majority of the total energy intake should come from carbohydrate 50-60%, from protein 10-15%, and from fat 25-30%. Protein intake should be quality protein and two-third of the protein should be animal protein. Youth need more mineral to maintain physical growth and mineral deficiency is a problem in youth. Moreover youth should receive vitamin intake sufficiently. Youth should drink at least 6-8 glasses of pure water a day (Ministry of Health, 1998).
Contents of fast food and snack food
The eating patterns of children and teenagers have change significantly over the past two decades. Children and teenagers are eating more frequently, getting a greater proportion of their nutrient intake from snack, eating more meal away from home and consuming more fast food (Crockett and Sims, 1995).