Descriptive study to identify the barriers of healthy diet among children in selected school of Kashmir with a view to develop a lifestyle modification programme
Masood Ahmad Sheikh, Dr. S. Victor Devasirvadam and Uzma Padder
Globally, around 16 million babies are born to adolescent girls between the ages of 15 and 19 years. Although rates of births among adolescent girls have declined in all regions since 1990 but still remain high in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Caribbean. Nearly 50% of all women aged 20–24 years in Asia and Africa are married by the age of 18 years, placing them at a higher risk for early pregnancy, maternal disability, and death. Adolescence is a critical age group as this is a period to develop specific expertise and hone individual skills to enter the mainstream workforce and contribute to the economic productivity. It is also a period when major changes in health and health-related behaviours such as smoking and substance abuse, unsafe sexual practices, poor eating, and lack of exercise occur, which may substantially impact health outcomes in later life. Due to the success of child survival initiatives over the last few decades, there has been a dramatic rise in the population of adolescents especially in low- and middle-income countries. There is an unacceptable rate of mortality among adolescents, as an estimated 1.3 million adolescents died in 2012; 70% of these deaths occurred in Africa and Southeast Asia. Based on the problem selected and objectives of the study, descriptive research design was selected to identify the barriers of healthy diet among school going children in a selected school of Kashmir with a view to develop a lifestyle modification programme. Sixty subjects were selected in selected area of Kashmir by non-probability sampling technique for this study. Self-structured checklist was used for data collection and was analysed by descriptive and inferential statistics using chi-square and t-test. The findings also revealed that statistically significant association was found between barriers to healthy diet with these variables (educational status and Fathers education) whereas no significant association was found between barriers to healthy diet with these variables (age, area of residence and mothers education) at (p<0.05).
Masood Ahmad Sheikh, Dr. S. Victor Devasirvadam, Uzma Padder. Descriptive study to identify the barriers of healthy diet among children in selected school of Kashmir with a view to develop a lifestyle modification programme. Int J Adv Res Community Health Nurs 2022;4(2):77-82. DOI: 10.33545/26641658.2022.v4.i2b.122