DOES PICKY EATING BEHAVIOR EXIST IN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS?

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  • MUHAMMAD MUZAFFAR A. K. KHATTAK Kulliyyah of Allied Health SciencesInternational Islamic University, MalaysiaJalan Istana, Bandar Indera Mahkota 25200 Kuantan, Pahang Darul Makmur, MALAYSIA.
  • NUR FADZLINA ZULKEFLI Department Of Nutrition Sciences, Kulliyyah Of Allied Health Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Bandar Indera Mahkota Kuantan, 25200, Pahang Darul Makmur, Malaysia
  • WAN AZDIE MOHD ABU BAKAR Department Of Nutrition Sciences, Kulliyyah Of Allied Health Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Bandar Indera Mahkota Kuantan, 25200, Pahang Darul Makmur, Malaysia

Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess picky eating behavior existence among university students. This was an observational cross sectional study design. The sample size was calculated by using single proportion formula based on the adult prevalence of picky eating of 28.7 % which gives a sample of ~ 324 students. However, 407 students online registered to participate out which 403 students responded. A set of questionnaire was posted online. The questionnaire contained three sections which are demographic information, determinants of picky eating behavior and normal eating behaviors. Furthermore, the students were categorized as non-picky eating behavior, moderate picky eating behavior, and extreme picky eating behavior. The statistical analysis carried out was mainly descriptive in order to determine the extent of picky eating behavior among the university students. Student t-test was used to find the differences between picky and non-picky eaters in terms of eating behaviors. Among the students possessing non picky eating behavior, moderate picky eating behavior and extreme picky eating behavior were 168 (41.69%), were 130(32.26%), 105(26.05%) respectively. On overall basis 235(58.31 %) of the students were having picky eating behavior. The present study revealed that picky eating behavior exists among the university students which need to be addressed.

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NUR FADZLINA ZULKEFLI, Department Of Nutrition Sciences, Kulliyyah Of Allied Health Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Bandar Indera Mahkota Kuantan, 25200, Pahang Darul Makmur, Malaysia

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WAN AZDIE MOHD ABU BAKAR, Department Of Nutrition Sciences, Kulliyyah Of Allied Health Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Bandar Indera Mahkota Kuantan, 25200, Pahang Darul Makmur, Malaysia

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2018-04-09

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KHATTAK, M. M. A. K., ZULKEFLI, N. F., & ABU BAKAR, W. A. M. (2018). DOES PICKY EATING BEHAVIOR EXIST IN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS?. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES, 2(1), 140–154. Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/ijahs/index.php/IJAHS/article/view/112

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