Assessment of eating behaviour among adolescents at selected schools in Chennai
Suganthi and R Chitra
Adolescence is the period of dynamic transition from childhood to adulthood. Adolescents are characterized by a strong tendency to experiment with risk behaviour. Adolescents need healthy food habits to meet their growth demands. They should have healthy eating behavior to maintain quality life. Healthy eating behaviour will helps to protect adolescence from chronic non communicable diseases. This study was aimed to assess the eating behaviour of adolescents studying in selected schools in Chennai. The study was conducted among 100 adolescents and samples were selected using simple random sampling technique. Self administered questionnaire and rating scale was used to collect the data on eating behaviour among adolescents. The study findings revealed that majority (90%) of the adolescence had moderate eating behaviour and only six percentages of adolescents had good eating behaviour.