Essay on Eating Habits in Adolescents

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Introduction: The Research plan is about reviewing literature on eating habits in adolescents and how individuals and environmental factors influence the eating behaviour. Research also emphasises on importance of various meals in a day and inadequate nutrition and their impact. Specific health research questions will be discussed based on literature review and various variables – dependent and independent will be identified from those questions. The reader has also emphasised on the importance of research questions and how these questions can enhance knowledge about improving eating habits and taking control measures about health issues.
Literature review: Adolescence is the transition between childhood and adulthood. The beginning of
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Skipping meals is also very common among adolescents (Story, Neumark-Sztainer & French, 2002). Children usually miss the breakfast which is known to be the most important meal of the day as breakfast provides optimum nutrients for growing children and adolescents as compared to any other meal consumed during the day. Even adolescent girls tend to skip breakfast because they are conscious about their body shape and weight. Breakfast consumption shows an improvement in academic performance. The breakfast eaters tend to consume more calories and less likely to be overweight. In order to reduce this problem various schools in United States have school breakfast program where they provide free or price reduced breakfast to students living in under privileged areas and after the introduction of this program, according to a research conducted in various under privileged areas in Bogalusa, United States, the percentage of children skipping breakfast have reduced from thirty percent to thirteen percent. Regardless of household income, the school breakfast program was introduced to increase opportunities for children to consume healthy diet in form of breakfast (Affenito, 2007). Today, most of the parents are working and tend to miss breakfast along with their children so the family either carry canner food or tend to purchase food from take away or restaurants which is high in fat and contains less required nutrients and this continuous approach diet leads to poor eating habits.

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