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Snacks and beverage consumption pattern of adolescents and young adults: A case study of selected undergraduate students in a Nigerian private University
Assess the consumption pattern of snacks and beverages of undergraduate students at Bowen University, Iwo Osun State, Nigeria.
Results showed that 53.2% of the respondents spent between _100-_300 ($0.3 - $1) on snacks and beverages daily, 7.9% spend less while the remaining 38.9% spend more than N300 ($1) on snacks and beverages daily. Drink and snack options that were high in calories such as sugary carbonated drinks, cookies, cakes and pastries were consumed more sometimes than fruits and fruit juice. Preference, availability, quality, distance from hall of residence and price were major factors influencing the choices of snacks and beverages. Very few respondents consumed fruits (16.1%) and vegetables (10.1%) daily. About half of the respondents (46.5%) did not engage in any form of physical exercise except from school and domestic activities. Most of the adolescent respondents (94.9%) and 67.3% of the young adult respondents were of normal body weight. However, 2.5% of the young adult respondents were underweight while 25.2% were overweight and 5.0% were obese.
Olawuyi YO, Oroniran O, Fadupin G, Takpatore P.