Investigating Nutrition Knowledge and Eating Habits of Youth in Selected Schools in Kinondoni Municipality, Tanzania

Luballa, Leonida Sylvester (2017) Investigating Nutrition Knowledge and Eating Habits of Youth in Selected Schools in Kinondoni Municipality, Tanzania. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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The study was conducted in order to investigate nutrition knowledge and eating habits for the youth who are in education Institutes, from primary school to secondary schools and colleges and Universities within Ubungo Ward at Kinondoni Municipal in Dar es Salaam region. Thus, eating habits and lack of proper nutrition information were highlighted as major aspects of malnutrition. Ubungo ward was the study area. The ward has all kinds of education institutes, which the study used as samples: three primary schools, one secondary school and students from different colleges at the University of Dar es Salaam. Research methods and instruments used were; interview, observation, focused group discussion, questionnaires and check list. This administered to 138 students. Results indicate a positive relationship between nutrition knowledge and eating behaviour and the consequences of malnutrition. As 72% of students have knowledge of nutrition and its importance for their academic performance and enjoy their meals, take care of eating time, while 62.3% are neutral (86 students) found that they do not know the importance of taking balanced meal and the proper time of taking their meals. SPSS version 16 was used to analyze data and cross tabulation was done to clarify realities from respondents’ responses. The study recommends that, curricula in all levels of education should mainstream nutrition knowledge. Conclusion, school social workers to be employed to the Educational Institutes as they are responsible for helping individuals, families and community on assisting them to cope with their problems facing to improve lives; and can work hand in hand with students, teachers and parents/guardians.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 370 Education
Depositing User: Mr Habibu Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2018 10:31
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2018 10:31

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