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International Journal of Education and Research Vol. 1 No. 5 May 2013 1 PATTERN OF FAST FOODS CONSUMPTION AND CONTRIBUTION TO NUTRIENT INTAKE OF NIGERIAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS BY *AFOLABI, W.A.O.1 , TOWOBOLA, S.K.1 , OGUNTONA, C.R.B.1 and OLAYIWOLA I.O1 *Corresponding Author: Dr. Afolabi Wasiu Akinloye Oyebisi E-mail: Telephone: +234- 803-4750-655 1Department Of Nutrition and Dietetics, College Of Food Science and Human Ecology Federal University of Agriculture, PMB 2240, Abeokuta Ogun State, Nigeria ABSTRACT A cross-sectional study was carried out to determine the pattern of fast food consumption and contribution to nutrient intake of undergraduates. One hundred and forty undergraduate…show more content…
The consumption of fast foods plays lots of roles on health. In the same vein, nutritional habits acquired during adolescence have a significant impact in the short and long term; these include irregular meals, snacking, eating away from home and following other nutrition alternative dietary patterns which characterize the food habits of young adults, arising from adolescence (Story et al, 2002). The concept of fast food eating has expanded into food sales in schools (Arulogun and Owolabi, 2011). For many students the day is not complete without observing the “daily ritual” of visiting a fast food joint and most of the fast food restaurants in the cities have began to open centers within and very close to schools especially university campuses (Aladelokun, 2006; Arulogun and Owolabi, 2011).Results of several studies suggests that fast foods may be implicated in the cause of many chronic diseases which have a rising prevalence in Nigeria and a long term implication on the health of the younger adolescents who would grow up to become the productive economic force of the country, it is to this end that this study assessed the pattern of consumption and the contribution of fast foods to nutrient intake of undergraduates of the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB). SUBJECTS AND METHODS This study was conducted on
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