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Journal:   PAJOUHESH DAR PEZESHKI   Summer 2005 , Volume 29 , Number 2; Page(s) 165 To 168.
 
Paper: 

SURVEYING THE FOOD INTAKE OF PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN TEHRAN

 
 
Author(s):  SOHEILI AZAD A.A., NOURJAH N., AALAMDAR E.
 
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Abstract: 

Background: Students comprise a considerable percentage of the population who are vulnerable to different socioenvironmental stimuli. Providing them with healthy nutrition may not only compensate their deficiencies but also ensure better learning performance.
Materials and methods: During this descriptive study, the nutritional pattern of 7610 primary school students residing in district 19 of Tehran was assessed. Data were obtained by face-to-face interview.
Results: Unfortunately, 6.9% of the students do not have breakfast and 17.7% ignore between- meals. However, most of the subjects (45.7%) had bread, cheese and tea for the breakfast, while 42% had milk. Biscuit and cookies were the most commonly used allowed between-meals (47.8%) followed by fruit and fruit juice (38.9%). Totally, 14.2% of studied subjects took disallowed foods. Unfortunately, dried fruits were the least commonly used between-meals in our study.
Conclusion: Nutritional programs in school could effectively eliminate nutritional-related disorders in students. Our results have revealed that students should always be encouraged to have breakfast and appropriate between-meals and avoid disallowed foods in schools.

 
Keyword(s): NUTRITIONAL PATTERN, STUDENT, BETWEEN-MEALS
 
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