Impact of living away from family on the eating habits of young adolescents in a University Town

Kaliappan, S and Sigamany, Vasanthan (2016) Impact of living away from family on the eating habits of young adolescents in a University Town. Indian journal of applied hospitality and tourism research, 8. pp. 84-93. ISSN 0975-4954

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Abstract

Eating habits of young adolescents are inculcated by parents and members of the family right through childhood. Some parents, both working and single due to several reasons are negligent in cooking healthy meals for their children, and this leads to developing poor eating habits later in life. Different food habits are inculcated during their elementary, primary and secondary education. Earlier studies show that major changes in their food habits happen when they start living away from the family setup. This study is to find the changes in food habits in students who have joined residential programmes. Target group are the students of hotel management who have nutrition as a part of their curriculum and have studied about food. The liberty to choose what to eat and when to eat, availability of restaurants and fast food outlets, added to peer pressure and friends have led many adolescents to shift towards junk food. Other factors like their sleeping patterns, life style ,internet gaming, and academic work make the present day adolescents to be awake in the night resulting in missing the scheduled breakfast, lunch and dinner in the institutional catering system. They are driven towards unhealthy junk food which is available in the extended hours at their door step. Study reveals that staying away from family set-up radically influences their eating habits. The findings of the study is an attempt to make key decisions by public office to take action on controlling the overloading of junk food, encouraging by subsidizing healthy/organic food .Government and private school officials to conduct awareness on healthy dietary food programme in schools and colleges

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Food Behaviors, Adolescents Eating Habits, Nutrition, Trends in Food Consumption
Subjects: Hotel Management > WGSHA Manipal
Depositing User: WGSHA EPrints Administrator
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2016 08:55
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2016 08:55
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/146529

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