Junk and Sink: A Comparative Study on Junk Food Intake among Students of India

  • V Bhavani Dietician, ESIC Medical College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1078-9570
  • N Prabhavathy Devi Assistant Professor, Queen Mary’s College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Keywords: Junk foods, Balanced diet, Overweight, snacking habit, food preference, fast food


Background: Adequate and balanced nourishment is vital for upholding health and quality of life. Maintaining the right eating habits of college students means a lot for the prevention of many diseases that could occur in the adult period. Thus the purpose of the study is to assess the junk food consumption of college students.
Aim: To study the dietary habits concerning junk food consumption of college students
Results: About 16% consume junk foods daily. Hungry was the main reason to consume junk foods; Ice cream was the most preferred food for most of the participants. Majority of the participant mentioned taste as the major factor influencing the food intake.
Conclusion: Nutrition professionals should take up the role and spread awareness in the general public and give them better guidance. A well-balanced diet, periodic physical activity, sufficient sleep, with good life style habits help in sound mind and healthy body leading to a happy life.

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