Perceptions, Fast Food Consumption and Eating Habits Among Students Belonging to the Allied Health Sciences

  • Reena R. Prasad
  • Hukam Chand
  • Mohd. Zaid
Keywords: Fast Food, Consumption, Habits


INTRODUCTION: The present generation is the most frequently targeted consumers for the fast food marketers and can lead to various health related disorders in them.
AIM: To assess the perceptions, fast food consumption and eating habits among students belonging to the allied health sciences in various corners of  India.
MATERIALS AND METHOD: The study was an online, questionnaire based, cross-sectional study. The questionnaire was in English language, was pre-tested on 50 students and validated accordingly. The questionnaire was based on a 5-point Likert-type scale [(1) strongly disagree, (2) disagree, (3) neutral, (4) agree, and (5) Strongly agree]; had 19 questions and required approximately four minutes for completion. Data was analysed using SPSS version 21.0 and the student’s t-test and multiple logistic regression was applied keeping the p value as 0.05.
RESULTS: The study comprised of 1020 complete responses; out which males formed a majority (52.3%) and most students belonged to the 2nd year of their study (49.1). High mean ± SD scores pertaining to perception  were obtained in four questions. While assessing the eating habits, high mean ± SD scores were obtained in three questions. Multiple logistic regression based on gender revealed that females has a significant difference on both perception (0.01) and consumption(p-0.03) habits in relation to fast food as compared to males, while the year of study was significantly associated with the food consumption habits (p=0.01) of the students.
CONCLUSION: Universities and institutions need to educate and motivate students on the importance of healthy eating to reduce the burden of disease among such students.


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Author Biographies

Reena R. Prasad

B.Sc (Nursing), Independent Researcher & Consultant, Kesroli, District Alwar, Rajasthan India

Hukam Chand

BPT, Independent Researcher & Consultant, Kesroli, District Alwar, Rajasthan India

Mohd. Zaid

M.Sc (Food Science & Nutrition), Independent Researcher & Consultant, Kathmandu, Nepal


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DOI: 10.26440/IHRJ/0502.05424
Published: 2021-05-30
How to Cite
Reena R. Prasad, Hukam Chand, Mohd. Zaid. Perceptions, Fast Food Consumption and Eating Habits Among Students Belonging to the Allied Health Sciences. IHRJ [Internet]. 2021May30 [cited 2021Jun.13];5(2):OR7-OR11. Available from:
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